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

New South Wales plans to create a digital twin of the entire state
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digital transformation

New South Wales plans to create a digital twin of the entire state

Existing Spatial Digital Twin project set to expand following successful trial across eight councils
3 Dec 2021
Bank of Ireland hit with €24.5 million fine over IT failures
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Policy & legislation

Bank of Ireland hit with €24.5 million fine over IT failures

The bank failed to implement frameworks to ensure services continued in the event of IT disruption
2 Dec 2021
HPE wins contract for Kestrel supercomputer with US renewable energy lab
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high-performance computing (HPC)

HPE wins contract for Kestrel supercomputer with US renewable energy lab

The company will support the organisation’s research and development into planning for future energy systems
2 Dec 2021
HPE to build new supercomputer for Thailand science agency
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high-performance computing (HPC)

HPE to build new supercomputer for Thailand science agency

It will be 30 times faster than the agency’s existing system and is set to be operational in 2022
1 Dec 2021
UK and Singapore align closer on digital trade
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Policy & legislation

UK and Singapore align closer on digital trade

Three agreements have been signed which focus on facilitating digital trade, cyber security, and digital identities between the two nations
1 Dec 2021
Accenture to expand UK tech workforce by 3,000 workers
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Careers & training

Accenture to expand UK tech workforce by 3,000 workers

The company said its clients are trying to capitalise on growth as the country recovers from the pandemic
30 Nov 2021
Australian government-owned energy company hit by ransomware attack
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ransomware

Australian government-owned energy company hit by ransomware attack

CS Energy confirmed hackers infiltrated its corporate network but says the incident has not impacted electricity generation
30 Nov 2021
Sydney government-funded innovation hub launches quantum arm
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Policy & legislation

Sydney government-funded innovation hub launches quantum arm

This comes after Australia designated quantum technology as a critical technology for the country’s future
29 Nov 2021
How New Zealand is securing its future through digital trade
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Business strategy

How New Zealand is securing its future through digital trade

A business-friendly environment allows the geographically remote country to tap into the huge potential of trading digitally across borders
25 Nov 2021
US gov initiative aims to attract 'world-class' cyber security talent
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Careers & training

US gov initiative aims to attract 'world-class' cyber security talent

The DHS wants to make it easier to recruit, develop, and retain top cyber security professionals
18 Nov 2021
HP reveals Microsoft licensing management service for SMBs
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Cloud

HP reveals Microsoft licensing management service for SMBs

The company wants to make it easier for small businesses to manage their cloud-based subscriptions
17 Nov 2021
Australia bets $111 million on quantum technology as part of national strategy
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Policy & legislation

Australia bets $111 million on quantum technology as part of national strategy

This comes as part of an action plan focusing on securing critical technologies for the country’s future
17 Nov 2021
Japan's Fugaku retains title as world’s fastest supercomputer
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high-performance computing (HPC)

Japan's Fugaku retains title as world’s fastest supercomputer

The device from Fujitsu holds the lead, although new additions from Microsoft and Samsung made the top 15
16 Nov 2021
Google to invest $1 billion in Australia to boost digital future
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Business strategy

Google to invest $1 billion in Australia to boost digital future

The tech giant is investing in the country despite threatening to pull Google Search from Australia in January
16 Nov 2021
AWS and IBM join forces to reduce data barriers in the energy industry
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Software

AWS and IBM join forces to reduce data barriers in the energy industry

The companies are hoping to overcome obstacles like data residency requirements in countries where oil firms are based
15 Nov 2021
China plots tougher cyber scrutiny for tech firms in Hong Kong IPOs
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Policy & legislation

China plots tougher cyber scrutiny for tech firms in Hong Kong IPOs

New draft regulations underline that if companies choose to IPO in Hong Kong, they will be forced to carry out a cyber security review
15 Nov 2021
Biden tightens restrictions against Huawei, ZTE
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Policy & legislation

Biden tightens restrictions against Huawei, ZTE

The new bill is designed to prevent companies deemed a security risk from receiving new equipment licences
12 Nov 2021
Kyndryl partners with Microsoft in first major deal since IBM split
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Business strategy

Kyndryl partners with Microsoft in first major deal since IBM split

The two companies will work on jointly-developed cloud services that will be available to customers on both sides
12 Nov 2021
Property firm cyber attack leaves home movers in the lurch
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cyber attacks

Property firm cyber attack leaves home movers in the lurch

Simplify Group customers were left unable to move house due to a systems outage
11 Nov 2021
All-party group calls for better worker protections against AI
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artificial intelligence (AI)

All-party group calls for better worker protections against AI

Proposed law would give more collective rights to unions to challenge the use of artificial intelligence in the workplace
11 Nov 2021
WhatsApp secures permission to challenge €225 million GDPR fine
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

WhatsApp secures permission to challenge €225 million GDPR fine

The company has been granted the power to challenge Ireland’s fine over the way it shares user data
10 Nov 2021
TSMC and Sony partner to build $7 billion chip plant in Japan
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Hardware

TSMC and Sony partner to build $7 billion chip plant in Japan

The country is aiming to secure its chip supply chain as it imports over 60% of semiconductors from overseas
10 Nov 2021
BT launches UK’s first telecoms robotics test lab
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Network & Internet

BT launches UK’s first telecoms robotics test lab

The company is hoping the initiative will help it engage with universities and robotics startups to challenge civil engineering tasks
9 Nov 2021
Robinhood hack exposes data from millions of customers
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hacking

Robinhood hack exposes data from millions of customers

An attacker socially engineered an employee at the stock-trading platform to gain access to customer support systems
9 Nov 2021
Huawei could sell key server division following US blacklisting
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Policy & legislation

Huawei could sell key server division following US blacklisting

The US ban has affected the company’s ability to acquire Intel processors for its servers
3 Nov 2021
Clearview AI ordered to cease data scraping in Australia
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privacy

Clearview AI ordered to cease data scraping in Australia

A joint investigation between the UK and Australia information commissioners has found that the AI company breached Australians’ privacy
3 Nov 2021
VMware completes $64 billion spin-off from Dell
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mergers and acquisitions

VMware completes $64 billion spin-off from Dell

Dell will use the money to pay off debts while VMware will have more business flexibility
2 Nov 2021
US Treasury calls for stablecoin legislation
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cryptocurrencies

US Treasury calls for stablecoin legislation

The institution is trying to address concerns around the cryptocurrency, especially as it can be tied to the US dollar
2 Nov 2021
ByteDance limits overtime in shift away from controversial '996' system
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Policy & legislation

ByteDance limits overtime in shift away from controversial '996' system

The TikTok owner is mandating a nine-hour workday after authorities urged companies to comply with national working hours
2 Nov 2021
What is China’s Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL)?
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Policy & legislation

What is China’s Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL)?

A look at the country's recently introduced law governing how personal data is defined and processed
1 Nov 2021
Luxury hotel chain hit twice by hackers after reneging on ransomware payment
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ransomware

Luxury hotel chain hit twice by hackers after reneging on ransomware payment

The group claims to have information belonging to millions of customers who stayed at Centara hotels and resorts between 2003 and 2021
29 Oct 2021
Microsoft to work with community colleges to fill 250,000 cyber security roles
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Careers & training

Microsoft to work with community colleges to fill 250,000 cyber security roles

Free course materials will be supplied to every community college in the US
29 Oct 2021
Australian competition regulator seeks to undermine Google Search monopoly
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Google Android

Australian competition regulator seeks to undermine Google Search monopoly

A new report from the watchdog calls on Google to implement a search engine 'choice screen'
28 Oct 2021
Intel launches 12th-gen Alder Lake processors optimised for Windows 11
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Hardware

Intel launches 12th-gen Alder Lake processors optimised for Windows 11

The chip company promises performance boosts of up to 37% on resource-heavy tasks
28 Oct 2021
Microsoft launches platform to help firms monitor carbon emissions
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cloud computing

Microsoft launches platform to help firms monitor carbon emissions

Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability will help organisations to meet their net zero targets
27 Oct 2021