Is there a way to tackle air pollution?

The search for solutions to the threat of polluted air is generating ideas that range from the modest to the radical to the bizarre. A London primary school may issue face-masks to its pupils. The council in Cornwall may take the extreme step of moving people out of houses beside the busiest roads. Four major ...

Is London really prepared for climate change, cyber attacks and terrorism?

ICE London’s new knowledge programme will seek to answer whether the capital is prepared for human and environmental threats. London is a growing city, predicted to contain 11 million people by 2050. The demand for housing, offices and retail areas continues to grow as the city becomes ever larger. But how prepared is this booming ...

Wikileaks: The CIA is using popular TVs, smartphones and cars to spy on their owners

WikiLeaks has released thousands of documents that it claims show how the Central Intelligence Agency can break into smartphones, computers and other connected devices, including smart TVs. The trove, which WikiLeaks is dubbing “Vault 7”, purports to be a massive archive of CIA material consisting of several hundred million lines of computer code that has ...

Businesses urged to buy security according to their actual needs

Organisations must resist the temptation to buy a whole raft of security technologies without first assessing their real and specific security needs, says industry expert Michael Dieroff. To make sound cyber security investments, organisations need to understand the value of their data, where it is stored and where it has been sent, according to an ...

How Google secures Gmail against spam and ransomware

Though there was at least one successful high-profile phishing attack against a Gmail user in 2016, Google is aggressively defending its millions of Gmail users. SAN FRANCISCO—Google's Gmail web email service is used by millions of companies and consumers around the world, making it an attractive target for attackers. In a session at the RSA ...

Why Cybersecurity should be the biggest concern of 2017

Some experts predict that by 2020 there will be 200 billion connected things. Cars, planes, homes, cities, and even animals are being connected. We are putting software everywhere. This is changing the way we live and how we behave and interact with the world around us. As technology becomes more and more deeply integrated into ...

Better business together – the next step in collaborative working

Together we can do more, so the saying goes. Collaboration with other organizations or people can be a powerful tool to achieve great things in business. A new standard has just been published to help businesses do just that. The benefits of collaboration, in business like in any context, are well known, resulting in more ...

ISO 31000 revision moves towards a clearer and more concise text

ISO 31000:2009 on risk management is intended for people who create and protect value in an organization by managing risks, making decisions, setting and achieving objectives and improving performance. The standard’s revision process discovers the virtues of keeping risk management simple. The revision of ISO 31000:2009, Risk management – Principles and guidelines, has moved one ...

A Game of Continuity: how we can play and win in 2017

A few weeks ago, I published an article entitled The Business of Continuity: why it's not unusual to be loved by anyone and I described my love and passion for the subject. My everlasting love for it and why I'm not afraid to tell BC how much I care. I care enough, to tell the ...

Service failures will be perceived more negatively if they impact a group rather than individuals

A study by a team at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, has found that customers perceive the same service problem very differently, depending on whether they are affected as individuals or in a group. "Service failures that affect a group of customers cause them to be more annoyed with the provider than problems that impact an ...

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2017: Posters are now available

Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility The countdown has begun for Business Continuity Awareness Week (15th - 19th May 2017). We are only a few months away, and the Business Continuity Institute has now published the posters that will be used to promote the week. The theme for BCAW this year is cyber security, and a ...

Amazon’s server outage highlights the major problem with today’s internet

When the world’s biggest websites go down, people start noticing who holds the plug. For a few hours yesterday, Amazon’s Simple Storage Solution (S3) cloud service experienced what the company called “high error rates”. In practice, this meant two things. Firstly, many of the world’s biggest websites – such as Medium, Business Insider, Imgur, and ...

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