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Zach Marzouk

Zach Marzouk is a staff writer for IT Pro, Cloud Pro, and Channel Pro where he writes news articles and in-depth feature pieces primarily focused on Asia Pacific and the US. Aside from covering topics like security, privacy, worker rights, and startups, he also contributes to the IT Pro podcast and IT Pro 20/20.

After studying an undergraduate degree in Arabic and Spanish at the University of Leeds, Zach completed a journalism internship at The Argentina Independent in Buenos Aires where he wrote about the country’s history, politics, and technology.

He then joined IT Pro in 2017 where he was introduced to the world of B2B technology as a junior staff writer, before he returned to Argentina in 2018, working in communications and as a copywriter. In 2021, he made his way back to IT Pro as a staff writer during the pandemic.

Contact him at zach.marzouk@futurenet.com or find Zach’s thoughts (and more) on Twitter @ZachMarzouk

Google merges Chrome and Android password managers after community feedback
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Security

Google merges Chrome and Android password managers after community feedback

The tech giant is also giving users the ability to generate passwords for iOS apps when Chrome is set as the autofill provider
1 Jul 2022
The public sector will no longer face eye-watering data breach fines, ICO confirms
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public sector

The public sector will no longer face eye-watering data breach fines, ICO confirms

The regulator will, however, increase the use of its wider powers like handing out warnings and reprimands
1 Jul 2022
Xerox CEO John Visentin dies unexpectedly aged 59
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Careers & training

Xerox CEO John Visentin dies unexpectedly aged 59

Visentin is said to have passed following complications from an ongoing illness
30 Jun 2022
BT says it needs more time to remove Huawei equipment from UK networks
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Network & Internet

BT says it needs more time to remove Huawei equipment from UK networks

The company has until January 2023 to remove the Chinese operator’s equipment in its core network, but has now asked the government for an extension
30 Jun 2022
FCC commissioner urges Apple and Google to remove TikTok from app stores
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data protection

FCC commissioner urges Apple and Google to remove TikTok from app stores

This comes after it emerged that TikTok’s owners in Beijing have repeatedly accessed sensitive data collected from US citizens
29 Jun 2022
Former Uber security chief to face fraud charges over hack coverup
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data breaches

Former Uber security chief to face fraud charges over hack coverup

This is thought to be the first instance of a corporate information security officer criminally charged with concealing a hack
29 Jun 2022
Google aims to court US public sector with new division
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public sector

Google aims to court US public sector with new division

The company hopes that the launch of Google Public Sector will help it to rapidly expand its services to the government
29 Jun 2022
HPE unveils new partner programme to boost XaaS practices
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channel

HPE unveils new partner programme to boost XaaS practices

The company has revamped its former partner programme to include a refreshed portal including both HPE and Aruba portfolios
28 Jun 2022
Skills shortages expected to hit over 90% of Australian and New Zealand businesses
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Careers & training

Skills shortages expected to hit over 90% of Australian and New Zealand businesses

This comes as over 66% of employees said they would benefit financially from changing jobs
28 Jun 2022
Why India wants to become a chipmaking powerhouse
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components

Why India wants to become a chipmaking powerhouse

The Indian government is setting aside billions of dollars to build a semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem from scratch
28 Jun 2022
Zendesk to be acquired for almost half of original value
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mergers and acquisitions

Zendesk to be acquired for almost half of original value

The company was offered $127-$132 per share in February 2022, which it rejected, and has now accepted a buyout of $77.50 per share
27 Jun 2022
Carnival hit with $5 million fine over cyber security violations
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cyber security

Carnival hit with $5 million fine over cyber security violations

The cruise line operator was criticised for failing to implement multi-factor authentication and failing to conduct cyber security training for its st…
27 Jun 2022
Virgin Media O2 Business overhauls its approach to partner development
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channel

Virgin Media O2 Business overhauls its approach to partner development

The company is constructing a dedicated team focused on partner success, by supporting them through their entire order lifecycle
24 Jun 2022
Okta sets aside $1 million to support cyber security training for non-profits
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cyber security

Okta sets aside $1 million to support cyber security training for non-profits

One of the projects receiving a grant will help civil society organisations in Ukraine to strengthen their cyber security
23 Jun 2022
Samsung fined $14 million over misleading water resistance claims across its Galaxy smartphones
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Mobile Phones

Samsung fined $14 million over misleading water resistance claims across its Galaxy smartphones

The company admitted its smartphones would become corroded and stop working if the devices were charged while still wet
23 Jun 2022
Tencent to open third data centre in Japan
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data centres

Tencent to open third data centre in Japan

There is currently over 183 MW of data centre capacity under construction in the country
22 Jun 2022
Ericsson predicts 5G to reach one billion subscriptions in 2022
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5G

Ericsson predicts 5G to reach one billion subscriptions in 2022

The report from the telco also found that global mobile network data traffic doubled in the past two years
21 Jun 2022
Can the four-day week take off in Japan?
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flexible working

Can the four-day week take off in Japan?

With Japan's traditionalist work culture set to clash with the radicalism of the four-day week, we examine how proposals to inject more flexibility in…
16 Jun 2022
Cloudflare mitigates biggest ever HTTPS DDoS attack
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distributed denial of service (DDOS)

Cloudflare mitigates biggest ever HTTPS DDoS attack

A botnet generated over 212 million HTTPS requests from over 1,500 networks in 121 countries
15 Jun 2022
Microsoft silent patches called “a grossly irresponsible policy”
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cyber security

Microsoft silent patches called “a grossly irresponsible policy”

Cyber security company Tenable said that the tech giant is putting customers at risk after it found two bugs in Microsoft Azure analytics software, on…
15 Jun 2022
Tech skills in the UK lag behind most of Europe
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Careers & training

Tech skills in the UK lag behind most of Europe

Although the UK is the third largest market for technology, the country is behind when it comes to workforce development
14 Jun 2022
Atos looks to split up cyber security division as CEO exits
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Business strategy

Atos looks to split up cyber security division as CEO exits

The company is set to split into two but so far the news hasn’t been taken well by investors as shares are down by nearly 20%
14 Jun 2022
Worldwide government IT spending forecasted to grow 5% in 2022
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public sector

Worldwide government IT spending forecasted to grow 5% in 2022

In the UK, this is forecasted to be 3.8% in 2022 and it is predicted to reach 6.9% in 2023
13 Jun 2022
New health data strategy to consult public on NHS data use
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public sector

New health data strategy to consult public on NHS data use

The government also revealed that only 45% of social care providers use a digital social care record
13 Jun 2022
Salesforce investors reject call for investigation into claims the company is toxic for non-white workers
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Careers & training

Salesforce investors reject call for investigation into claims the company is toxic for non-white workers

It's claimed it will take another 12 years before Salesforce reaches its goal of having 50% of its employees from underrepresented backgrounds
10 Jun 2022
Intel becomes latest tech company to freeze recruitment
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Careers & training

Intel becomes latest tech company to freeze recruitment

The chipmaker is also introducing other cost-cutting measures, like limiting its employees from participating in industry conferences
9 Jun 2022
Equinix to open $86 million data centre in Mumbai
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data centres

Equinix to open $86 million data centre in Mumbai

This will be its third data centre in the city, after it entered the country with two data centre acquisitions in 2021
9 Jun 2022
Schneider Electric launches new partner programme
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channel

Schneider Electric launches new partner programme

Partners can look forward to new certifications and training, as well as a rewards programme
8 Jun 2022
IBM bolsters cyber security offerings with Randori acquisition
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mergers and acquisitions

IBM bolsters cyber security offerings with Randori acquisition

It plans to use the company’s attack surface management and offensive security offerings to strengthen its cloud and AI capabilities
7 Jun 2022
World’s biggest four-day working week trial kicks off in UK
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flexible working

World’s biggest four-day working week trial kicks off in UK

Employees will experience no loss of pay while only working for four days each week
6 Jun 2022
India’s new cyber rules risk driving away tech companies
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Policy & legislation

India’s new cyber rules risk driving away tech companies

A tech industry body has flagged that the rules could create create an “environment of fear”
6 Jun 2022
Unit4 acquires Scanmarket to bolster ERP suite
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mergers and acquisitions

Unit4 acquires Scanmarket to bolster ERP suite

The acquisition aims to extend Unit4’s transactional procurement functionality and provide more benefits for its customers
1 Jun 2022
Second ransomware group attacks Costa Rica
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ransomware

Second ransomware group attacks Costa Rica

The country’s health service has had its systems affected by the new attack
1 Jun 2022
Qualcomm open to investing in Arm as part of consortium
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Business strategy

Qualcomm open to investing in Arm as part of consortium

This comes after SK Hynix said it was interested in forming a consortium to acquire the British chipmaker
31 May 2022
India backtracks on biometric ID system warning
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Policy & legislation

India backtracks on biometric ID system warning

Despite alerting citizens to problems with the system, it has now withdrawn the warning two days after its publication
30 May 2022
Nvidia pauses hiring to help cope with inflation
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Careers & training

Nvidia pauses hiring to help cope with inflation

This comes as the Federal Reserve underlined the link between higher wages contributing to inflation earlier this month
23 May 2022