Month: February 2017

Please stop charging your phone in public ports!

If a port is compromised, there's no limit to what information a hacker could steal from you!

A guided tour of the cybercrime underground

One of the strange features of cybercrime is how much of it is public. A quick search will turn up forums and sites where stolen goods, credit cards and data are openly traded. But a glance into those places may not give you much idea about what is going on. "Everyone can join as long ...

Travelers fall victim to fake Airbnb site

When Anne Bradbury, an experienced Airbnb user, found what looked like the perfect flat to rent for a weekend away in Amsterdam, she emailed her friends, who quickly agreed it looked great. After checking the reviews, and making sure the reviewers were legitimate – as she had done several times before – and then making several ...

Behind the scenes of the global film industry

ISO standards keep films rolling so you can enjoy your favorite movies It is a small world – well, thanks to standardization it is – and the film industry is an excellent example of a global industry that has managed to keep its world very small indeed. Standards play a crucial part throughout the numerous ...

Date and time: the new draft of ISO 8601 explained by Klaus-Dieter Naujok

Standardization is a truly international activity, and I've been lucky to have worked with more nationalities than I can remember. But, that said, my first business meeting with a German remains etched in my memory. It was in fact nothing more than a working breakfast, a chance to meet face-to-face after a good number of ...

Taking auditing to new level with International Standard under revision

ISO’s popular standard for auditing management systems is under revision and has just reached the first voting stage, a crucial step in its development. Organizations are increasingly turning to management systems, in a quest to be more effective and save time and money. Many companies have several different management systems, each focusing on different areas, ...

Leading global collaboration in climate change standards

ISO is collaborating globally to update and extend its climate change standards and help the world minimize and adapt to the effects of climate change. There is now little doubt that climate change is happening. It is the major environmental challenge of the 21st century, and it affects us all. “The scientific evidence for warming ...

BCM The Movie – Licensed to BIA

If they made a movie of BCM, I wonder what the plot would be? Who would be the heroes and villains? And what type of movie would it actually be? Would it be an all-action packed thriller? A sci-fi or a romcom perhaps? I know all BC and resilience professionals have a great sense of ...

Major environmental disasters: January 2017

Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield's catastrophe model development team, has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report. This evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred around the world during January 2017. The report highlights the multiple severe weather outbreaks that killed 27 people in the United States during January, ...

Security Council calls on Member States to address threats against critical infrastructure

Speakers in day-long open debate stress need to strengthen partnerships, International Cooperation, information sharing. The Security Council called upon Member States to address the danger of terrorist attacks against critical infrastructure, adopting a related resolution before holding a day-long open debate on that subject. Unanimously adopting resolution 2341 (2017), the Council encouraged all States to ...

Everything you need to know about Cloudbleed, the latest internet security disaster

The internet infrastructure company Cloudflare, which provides a variety of performance and security services to millions of websites, revealed late Thursday that a bug had caused it to randomly leak potentially sensitive customer data across the internet. The flaw was first uncovered by Google vulnerability researcher Tavis Ormandy on February 17, but could have been ...

Google’s new tool will tell you if you are being an online troll

Google's parent company has handed developers an anti-trolling tool. Jigsaw, an incubator and think tank that sits inside Alphabet (Google's umbrella company), has released an API called Perspective, which uses machine learning to measure whether an online comment counts as harassment or abuse, as reported by Wired. It's already being tested by Wikipedia, the Guardian, ...