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Keumars Afifi-Sabet

Keumars Afifi-Sabet is the Acting Features Editor for IT Pro, Cloud Pro and Channel Pro. He oversees the commissioning and publication of in-depth and long-form features across all three sites, including opinion articles and case studies. He also occasionally contributes his thoughts to the IT Pro Podcast, and writes content for the Business Briefing.

Having previously trained as an NCTJ-qualified journalist with News Associates, Keumars joined IT Pro as a staff writer in April 2018. Writing news articles, features and reviews, he specialised in the public sector, smart cities and fintech, while writing across a breadth of core topics including cyber security and cloud computing.

Before joining IT Pro, Keumars contributed to several online media outlets, including the Independent newspaper, Metro.co.uk, Huffington Post and London Student. He is a graduate of Queen Mary, University of London, where he earned a BSc in biomedical sciences.

You can reach Keumars at keumars.afifi-sabet@futurenet.com or on Twitter at @Keumars

HPE upgrades GreenLake with Private Cloud Enterprise
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Cloud

HPE upgrades GreenLake with Private Cloud Enterprise

Landing in September 2022, HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise ‘reimagines’ the private cloud experience, the industry giant claims
28 Jun 2022
What is YAML?
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Development

What is YAML?

We look at the pros, the cons, and the syntax structure of the YAML programming language
23 Jun 2022
UK unveils Data Reform Bill, scrapping parts of GDPR and promising £1 billion in savings
A close up photo of Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nadine Dorries, as she walks outside Number 10 Downing Street
data protection

UK unveils Data Reform Bill, scrapping parts of GDPR and promising £1 billion in savings

The reforms, which stop short of abolishing GDPR entirely, also include an overhaul to the Information Commissioner's Office and a watering-down of ru…
16 Jun 2022
A guide to cyber security certification and training
Network and security
Careers & training

A guide to cyber security certification and training

Cyber security skills are in demand from every organisation, but what training and certification is needed?
16 Jun 2022
Everything you need to know about Citrix
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software as a service (SaaS)

Everything you need to know about Citrix

We explain the history of Citrix, its key products and key people
10 Jun 2022
What is latency?
Beams of light
Network & Internet

What is latency?

We explore the nature of network latency and the steps you can take to reduce it
10 Jun 2022
CFO job description: What does a chief financial officer do?
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Business strategy

CFO job description: What does a chief financial officer do?

They have an essential role in helping organisations develop and thrive, but how much scope do these finance experts usually have?
9 Jun 2022
Cyber security companies ‘must remember who the enemies are’
A hacker in a darkened room with digital maps and computer equipment
cyber security

Cyber security companies ‘must remember who the enemies are’

Tech giants must collaborate more with the wider industry, WithSecure’s CEO urges, as he lays bare European anxieties
6 Jun 2022
Data protection policies and procedures
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data protection

Data protection policies and procedures

Why your company needs them, and what they should include
2 Jun 2022
The EU’s Apple App Store crackdown ‘will fuel cyber attacks’
A close up of the blue Apple App Store logo, surrounded by other apps, on a smartphone screen
cyber security

The EU’s Apple App Store crackdown ‘will fuel cyber attacks’

Organisations should be encouraged to embrace the ‘security by Playstation’ approach as much as possible, expert says
1 Jun 2022
WithSecure CTO: Industry needs to do a better job of targeting ransomware supply chains
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ransomware

WithSecure CTO: Industry needs to do a better job of targeting ransomware supply chains

The centralisation of services and tools for hackers should represent a point of vulnerability for those fighting cyber crime
1 Jun 2022
What is the paperless office?
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Business strategy

What is the paperless office?

And is it ever possible to be one?
30 May 2022
What is a DNS server?
Networks servers
Domain Name System (DNS)

What is a DNS server?

We explain what a DNS server is, how it works and how to avoid DNS hijacking
27 May 2022
WithSecure needs a major rethink to survive in the enterprise security market
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enterprise security

WithSecure needs a major rethink to survive in the enterprise security market

A flatlining consultancy business means the F-Secure spin-off is up against the ropes before it's entered the ring
27 May 2022
How to wipe a laptop easily and securely
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Security

How to wipe a laptop easily and securely

A step by step guide on how to safely wipe data from a Windows, Mac, or Linux machine
20 May 2022
What is cache memory?
A microprocessor found inside a smartphone
data processing

What is cache memory?

We explain the different categories of cache memory and how it differs from RAM
18 May 2022
ERP transformation timeframes cut from years to weeks
ERP systems
enterprise resource planning (ERP)

ERP transformation timeframes cut from years to weeks

Businesses are no longer questioning the value of digitisation, SAP execs say, but the c suite is still holding things back
17 May 2022
Why Rishi Sunak's NFT gambit will backfire on UK fintech
Rishi Sunak on Downing Street
blockchain

Why Rishi Sunak's NFT gambit will backfire on UK fintech

Plans for the Royal Mint to launch an NFT – part of wider government cryptoasset measures – is more than just another PR misstep
5 Apr 2022
ICO chief warns ministers against ditching GDPR safeguards
Information Commissioner John Edwards
Information Commissioner

ICO chief warns ministers against ditching GDPR safeguards

Individual rights come before anything else, John Edwards insists, amid government plot to rip up data protection laws
23 Mar 2022
F-Secure launches WithSecure, spinning off entire enterprise portfolio
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enterprise security

F-Secure launches WithSecure, spinning off entire enterprise portfolio

After years of trying to integrate business and consumer streams, F-Secure signals a complete split will help both new entities focus on their custome…
22 Mar 2022
What is an output device?
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Hardware

What is an output device?

Monitors, speakers and printers all count as output devices, receiving data from your computer
25 Feb 2022
2021 in review: 12 IT Pro features you may have missed
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Technology

2021 in review: 12 IT Pro features you may have missed

Sample some of the best and most incisive content from team IT Pro this year
16 Dec 2021
What is network forensics?
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cyber attacks

What is network forensics?

Taking a closer look at how cyber threats are investigated at a network level
7 Dec 2021
Oppo Find X3 Lite review: Solid as a rock
The Oppo Find X3 Lite display
Mobile Phones

Oppo Find X3 Lite review: Solid as a rock

This well-designed and sophisticated mid-budget contender offers plenty for its price
17 Nov 2021
Oppo Find X3 Lite review gallery
The Oppo Find X3 Lite display
Mobile Phones

Oppo Find X3 Lite review gallery

This well-designed and sophisticated mid-budget contender offers plenty for its price
17 Nov 2021
What is NetOps?
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Business strategy

What is NetOps?

How can businesses adopt this broad school of thought, and what is its relationship with DevOps?
16 Nov 2021
Windows 365 is generally available: Here's how to get started with Microsoft's Cloud PC service
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Microsoft Windows

Windows 365 is generally available: Here's how to get started with Microsoft's Cloud PC service

How much does Windows 365 cost, what packages are available, and is it suitable for my business?
22 Oct 2021
Schneider Electric partners with IT distributors for MPaaS programme
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sales

Schneider Electric partners with IT distributors for MPaaS programme

The programme combines hardware, software and services into a single offering
6 Oct 2021
Digitising Leeds: How to build a smart city
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smart city

Digitising Leeds: How to build a smart city

The return of an in-person Leeds Digital Festival coincides with a ratcheting up of plans to digitally transform the region
28 Sep 2021
LG continues automotive pivot with $240 million Cybellum acquisition
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mergers and acquisitions

LG continues automotive pivot with $240 million Cybellum acquisition

The Israeli startup detects vulnerabilities in automotive hardware and software services using digital twins
23 Sep 2021
Microsoft exposes BulletProofLink 'phishing as a service' criminal enterprise
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phishing

Microsoft exposes BulletProofLink 'phishing as a service' criminal enterprise

The sophisticated outfit handles everything from template design to web hosting and credentials processing
23 Sep 2021
Facebook launches Portal for Business device management service
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video conferencing

Facebook launches Portal for Business device management service

The new package is being launched alongside fresh Portal Go and Portal+ hardware
22 Sep 2021
Nutanix and Citrix forge partnership over hybrid work technology
Nutanix building in front of a blue sky
cloud computing

Nutanix and Citrix forge partnership over hybrid work technology

This strategic partnership sees Nutanix and Citrix deploy DaaS tools over HCI hybrid and multi-cloud environments
22 Sep 2021
MoD data breach ‘put lives of Afghan interpreters at risk’
Entrance to the Ministry of Defence UK ministerial office in Whitehall
data breaches

MoD data breach ‘put lives of Afghan interpreters at risk’

The blunder exposed the email addresses of 250 interpreters seeking relocation
21 Sep 2021
JPMorgan launches challenger bank Chase in the UK
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Mobile

JPMorgan launches challenger bank Chase in the UK

This expansion aims to put legacy UK banks on the backfoot as they contend with the rise of the likes of Monzo
21 Sep 2021
Irish DPC threatens probe over Facebook’s Ray-Ban smart glasses
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privacy

Irish DPC threatens probe over Facebook’s Ray-Ban smart glasses

The Irish data regulator is concerned about the potential for users to engage in covert filming
20 Sep 2021