The ITPro Podcast

The ITPro Podcast

The ITPro Podcast is a weekly show for technology professionals and business leaders. Each week hosts Rory Bathgate (@rorybathgate) and Jane McCallion (@JaneMcCallion) are joined by an expert guest to take a deep dive into the most important issues for the IT community. New episodes premiere every Friday. Visit for more information, or follow @ITPro for regular updates.


March 17, 2023 35 min
It’s been over a year since Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, and for those in the tech sector cyber warfare has defined the conflict. Ukrainian organisations, both public and private, have been subject to attacks including wiper malware, spear phishing, and data breaches.

National cyber security agencies, as well as teams of security experts from throughout the field, remain on high alert for heightened Russian cyber activit...
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Metaverse tech has already attracted billions of pounds in investment, and despite its detractors looks set to play a major role in the future of communications and productivity tech. It was also one of the main themes at this year’s Mobile World Congress, where the concept of a CMO - that’s ‘chief metaverse officer’ - was discussed in detail.

Companies like Journey, Nike, and Telefónica already have individuals with metaverse in th...
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Open source software can be found in a huge number of businesses' stacks. Whether it’s to save on expensive software, to fix a problem that a devoted hobbyist has a solution for, or because of its lively developer community, open source solutions run throughout the tech sector.

However, in recent years security concerns have damaged the perception of open source software and vulnerabilities like Log4Shell left some IT leaders with h...
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February 24, 2023 41 min
The conversation around UK connectivity is often dominated by the rollout of 5G, or the race for widespread gigabit broadband.

But many rural communities and businesses struggle with a lack of even basic connectivity such as reliable cellular service. This has severe consequences for rural businesses, holding back their growth while accelerating brain drain as younger people gravitate towards urban areas for education and employmen...
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February 17, 2023 21 min
Throughout the pandemic, companies across the world rushed to establish cloud services that could prop up the need for remote working. But in recent months, word of a “cloud slowdown” has been building, with some of the biggest vendors experiencing a drop in the growth of their cloud sales.

In the third quarter of 2022, AWS reported the slowest growth in its history, while Google’s growth was down almost 10% on the previous year.

In ...
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February 10, 2023 32 min
Old technology stacks can be found throughout the sector, especially in companies that have been around for more than a few years. While most firms have undergone digital transformation of some kind, shedding legacy tech is no easy job and can lead people to take the path of least resistance, using a mix of old and new tech across their IT estate.

This can lead to big issues down the line. A recent example is the outage that led to ...
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IT departments, which have long faced difficulties trying to recruit skilled talent, are now facing an additional challenge as many businesses put a freeze on hiring in the face of economic instability and look to use existing resources as efficiently as possible. With this goal in mind, it’s important to enable employees to be productive, while not leaving them overworked.

Improperly organised work stacks, insufficient collaboratio...
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January 27, 2023 26 min
Application programming interfaces, or APIs, have become an integral part of maintaining an online business, and are often indispensable for cross-functionality and user experience.

However, the increased use of APIs has led to a rise in attacks against them. This can in turn cause breaches of company data or even full account takeovers. Improperly-managed APIs are a key attack surface and firms would do well to treat this seriously...
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January 20, 2023 32 min
As we enter what is set to be a long recession businesses are looking to manage and reduce costs, and IT departments will be forced to budget where possible.

More than ever, IT leaders are evaluating the benefits and drawbacks of serverless architecture, the best payment models for their business, and the risks associated with vendor lock-in amidst uncertain financial conditions.

This week, we spoke to Tom Fairbairn, distinguished e...
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Large companies are relying on online learning more and more, to improve the career goals of their employees, and upskilling can be an important way of retaining staff while adding to existing expertise.

But the public sector has lagged behind the private sector on this front, and is currently experiencing record churn and vacancies. 410,000 staff quit social care in 2021, and care roles around the country are now short of approxima...
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January 6, 2023 30 min
Passwords can be tricky at the best of times. Proper password hygiene is one of the most important factors in endpoint security, as it keeps sensitive data secure and prevents threat actors from getting into important systems.

Despite the risks, the use of weak or recycled passwords continues to be a problem even amongst IT professionals and remembering too many unique passwords is a strain. While systems such as multi-factor authe...
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December 30, 2022 40 min
In today's festive edition of the podcast, Jane and Rory discuss a few key trends happening right now that could influence 2023.

With Twitter undergoing constant change, and other firms such as Meta and TikTok facing regulatory battles, current conversations around the upheaval of social media could play a major role in the coming year.

Together with the recession into which the UK has fallen, and the rise of generative AI like Cha...
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December 23, 2022 33 min
In today's festive edition of the podcast, Jane and Rory discuss three things that were predicted to happen during the course of 2022, but never did.

The metaverse making sense, Russian threat actors winning against Ukraine and other nations, and the 'bonfire' of EU regulations were all promised or anticipated, but none came to pass. We ask what has happened instead, and question why things turned out the way they did.
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December 16, 2022 31 min
In a sector of changing priorities, cyber security remains at the top of the list in any boardroom. With the threat landscape presenting challenges old and new, and the increasing risk of entities such as state-sponsored hacking, it is essential that businesses carefully craft their cyber security strategy to keep ahead of the next big attack.

The speed that threats evolve now demands real-time action from companies, who must mainta...
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December 9, 2022 34 min
Hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure has become such an important aspect of digital transformation, but it brings its own potential risks. It’s important that businesses maintain a macro view of their environment, with centralised dashboards proposed as an option to provide adequate observability to security teams.

With the increasing pressures of data sovereignty, and concerns surrounding lateral security, it’s more important than...
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December 2, 2022 34 min
5G holds major potential for businesses, from improved speeds and the technology it enables such as the Internet of Things. But to unlock its true potential, and lay the groundwork for 6G, a number of new technologies have to be tapped.

To grasp opportunities like open RAN, network slicing, and private network environments, radical overhaul is necessary, to drive both innovation and revenue growth. Networking has never been more im...
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November 25, 2022 37 min
Ten years ago, identity fraud typically meant people manually forging, but today’s threat actors work with purely-digital fakes with an increasingly-advanced toolset including ‘deepfakes’ that work even on live video feeds. At the same time, Twitter advertisers have seen billions wiped off their market caps as the platform struggles with its ID verification.

On top of the growing scale of digital fraudsters, a surprising amount of ...
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November 18, 2022 33 min
Metaverse technology: although it still hasn’t found its feet, it’s the headline-grabbing area of development that has seen massive investment in just the past few years. Meta has spent over $15 billion on the tech through its Reality Labs division, and Microsoft, Apple, Nvidia, and more have all begun development using variations on metaverse tech.

But like any new technology, metaverse tech will also usher in new security risks, f...
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November 11, 2022 33 min
Automation has been widely adopted across the sector, and firms have repeatedly applied it to laborious tasks such as document handling. Using machine learning and AI, a great number of documents can be processed, and decisions made without the need for painstaking human input.

But automation in the legal space requires careful thought, as contracts can be very complex and often require a human touch — here, a hybrid approach is ne...
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November 4, 2022 39 min
Procurement has long been treated as a ticketing problem, with check boxes to fill and suppliers to onboard according to regulation. But with increasingly sophisticated automation systems, and a growing need for exact partner agreements amidst global supply chain issues, companies could do well to rethink their linear approach to procurement.

This week we talked to Sudhir Bhojwani and Lalitha Rajagopalan, co-founders of supplier eng...
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