4 Mar 2016: This week’s highlighted articles 

New initiative to encourage 5000 more women into tech sector 

Ahead of International Women’s Day 2016 next week, a tech recruitment firm has launched a new initiative to inspire 5000 more women to pursue careers within technology roles in the UK by 2020.

In response to dwindling numbers of women in the tech sector – with just 17% of the workforce made up of females – Empiric’s Future Tech Girls campaign will work with education institutions and employers to place students into relevant work experience opportunities.

Preventing the weaponisation of IoT

Cesare Garlati, Chief Security Strategist, prpl Foundation, discusses the potentials and pitfalls of The Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things is rapidly turning a new generation of products ‘smart’ by adding computing power, network connectivity and sophisticated software, offering a wealth of possibilities for tech savvy owners keen to push their device capabilities to the limits. But at the same time there are logical reasons why lawmakers and regulators need to lock down certain functionality – for the safety and well being of their citizens.

Virtual reality delivers quality savings for Rolls Royce 

Rolls Royce has saved almost £2 million in just over a year, after investing in virtual reality software.

The nuclear arm of the business was the first in the UK to invest in the 4K system in 2014 and it has revolutionised the way the company operates. The systems use of Lean principles has reduced bottlenecks on the factory floor and solved challenges in facility creation and product movement, as well as product realisation.

New study reveals major concerns over the security of connected cars 

New research has revealed that half of British drivers (49%) are concerned about the safety of the connected car, with automotive manufacturers also admitting there could be a security lag of up to three years before systems catch up with cyber threats.

And from our sister site, DevOps Online: New DevOps integration hub to support large-scale DevOps transformations

To help enable organisations to benefit from a connected, end-to-end software delivery lifecycle, Tasktop has announced advancements to its Tasktop Sync and Tasktop Data solutions.