Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 53 - Page 15

NEWS

Aqua Comms announces CeltixConnect-2 and North Sea Connect in Newcastle , UK and Blaabjerg , Denmark which also hosts Aqua Comms ’ AEC-2 Trans- Atlantic cable system .

CC-2 and NSC also combine to provide regional connectivity to Aqua Comms ’ AEC-1 and AEC-2 Trans-Atlantic cables ensuring resilience and diversity between the US , Ireland , the UK and the Nordics .

Aqua Comms , a leading provider of global subsea connectivity services , has announced the successful launch of CeltixConnect-2 ( CC-2 ) and North Sea Connect ( NSC ) as part of its ownership of the Havhingsten cable system .

CC-2 is Aqua Comms ’ second unrepeated system between the key data hubs of Ireland and the UK , with diverse landings into the Isle of Man ( IOM ). Together with CC-1 the new system brings resilient , high fibre count , capacity connectivity between these key hubs for the carrier , cloud and content markets .
NSC offers a completely new route connecting the UK and the Nordics and is a repeated cable system connecting the Stellium Data Centre at D9 ’ s SeaEdge-1
Chris Bayly , CCO of Aqua Comms , said : “ The addition of these two new regional systems mark an important milestone for Aqua Comms . By connecting Ireland , the UK and the Nordics , Aqua Comms is bringing its industry-leading connectivity services to these key growth markets while also enhancing its Trans-Atlantic footprint and connectivity between the US and Europe .
“ This demonstrates our continued investment in delivering services to underserved markets and I ’ m excited to see this continue with the rollout of AEC-3 and EMIC-1 .”

Only a third of CIOs cite cyber-risk mitigation as a performance measure

While 94 % of CIOs acknowledge some form of serious threat over the next 12 months , only 27 % list Business Continuity and resilience as a top-three priority during the next 12 months and barely a third cite risk mitigation as a measure of performance . These findings come from the fourth and concluding section of the 2021 Global CIO Survey from Logicalis , a global provider of IT solutions .

The study which surveyed 1,000 CIOs from around the world , finds that nearly half of respondents ( 47 %) see data breaches as the biggest risk to their organisation ( an increase of 6 % from last year ). Following data breaches , CIOs state malware and ransomware ( 39 %) as other key areas of concern .
The perceived risk of a data breach is likely to have risen due to the increase in borderless workforces as employees continue to work from home or adopt hybrid working practices . When they occur , data breaches can lead to a range of issues from loss of business-critical data and stalled business growth and in the most serious cases : the complete shutdown of a business .
Less than a third of CIOs ( 30 %) cite lack of staff awareness as a security issue , down from 50 % last year . This perceived improvement in staff awareness is due in part to an emphasised investment in additional training and technology measures to mitigate security risks .
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