The silver economy

Eighty is the new 20! A demographic shift is creating the so-called “silver” economy and a new and powerful consumer class. Here, we look at how new products and services meet the needs and expectations of an older population, and where standards will help. After completing 22.547 km (about 14 miles) on a bike within ...

Latest ISOfocus brings benefits of ageing

If you think “aged”, “senior” and “elderly” are negative buzzwords, think again! Businesses, large and small, have begun to use the ageing market as a lens through which to view their strategic plans, according to the World Economic Forum report “How 21st-Century Longevity Can Create Markets and Drive Economic Growth”. Contrary to common negative perceptions, ...

Cyber security: Do you leave your keys in plain sight?

Sometimes when I visit banks I find myself looking at scribbled Post-it notes containing user name and password attached to PCs. I may also see a neatly typed record of the key code necessary to access a secure gate or door within easy sight of any external visitor. Is this bad cyber security? Sure. And ...

Identity fraud reaches record levels

Young people are a growing target for identity theft cases, which have reached record levels in 2016, fraud prevention organisation Cifas says. Almost 25,000 victims of fraud were aged under 30, with the number of under-21s defrauded rising by a third. The statistics, from 277 banks and businesses, show almost 173,000 recorded frauds in 2016 ...

Quebec winter storm ‘shambles’ prompts government investigation

The Quebec government has launched an investigation into the response that left hundreds of vehicles stranded on a snowy Montreal highway. The Quebec government has apologized, sanctioned two employees and is investigating its mishandling of a winter storm this week that stranded hundreds of vehicles for more than 12 hours on a Montreal highway. The ...

Why the humble router remains one of the most insecure devices in your home

For all the time that we spend thinking about the security of our phones and laptops — about encryption, strong passwords and two-factor authentication — comparatively little attention is paid to the humble internet router. The tiny box is probably one of the most important pieces of technology you have in your home. It's the ...

Questions for businesses to consider before using drones

The commercial use of drone technology is becoming increasingly mainstream in a number of enterprises. As such, the regulatory environment surrounding drone usage has evolved rapidly to keep pace with the technologies being used. If you are considering adopting drone technology, many factors must be considered. This free white paper from ISACA - Rise of ...

Australian companies are a long way from cyber resilience: report

Cyber security can no longer legitimately be considered the domain of IT alone, according to the new MinterEllison 'Perspectives on Cyber Risk Report 2017'. The report's findings also show that Australian companies are being too slow to take the necessary action to mitigate and manage cyber risk. “Cyber attacks can entirely shut down businesses, causing ...

Airmic launches Corporate Culture Toolkit for risk managers

Airmic has announced the availability of a ‘Corporate Culture Toolkit’ to provide practical advice for risk managers seeking to understand and manage their organization’s culture. According to Airmic, corporate culture has a significant impact on a company’s risk management performance and can also improve the long-term performance of a business. Risk managers can, and should, ...

Fast food chicken: testing Subway, McDonald’s, A&W, Wendy’s & Tim Hortons

What's in your chicken sandwich? DNA test shows Subway sandwiches could contain just 50% chicken. If you're one of many who opt for chicken sandwiches at your favourite fast food restaurant, you may find the results of a CBC Marketplace investigation into what's in the meat a little hard to swallow. A DNA analysis of ...

Sex toy maker to pay millions over claims it secretly tracked users

Sex toy maker settles privacy lawsuit for $3.75 million. The makers of the We-Vibe, a line of vibrators that can be paired with an app for remote-controlled use, have reached a $3.75 million class action settlement with users following allegations that the company was collecting data on when and how the sex toy was used. ...

The cost of a polluted environment: 1.7 million child deaths a year, says WHO

More than 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years of age are attributable to unhealthy environments. Every year, environmental risks – such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, and inadequate hygiene – take the lives of 1.7 million children under 5 years, say two new WHO ...

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