Impact of negative media reports mapped in new study

A study by the University of Plymouth Business School and Nottingham University Business School has looked at the financial impact of negative media reporting of operational losses suffered by banks and insurers. The research paper reveals how the market value of firms can fall by significantly more than the value of the reported loss. News ...

New Mexico close to data breach bill

New Mexico's House of Representatives passed a data breach bill on Wednesday night by a unanimous vote, according to the Grant County Beat. Bill 15, known as the Data Breach Notification Act, was sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Bernalillo). It will require service providers to put in place reasonable procedures to safeguard personally identifying information ...

Germany bans internet-connected dolls over fears hackers could target children

Germany has banned a popular talking doll that can connect to the internet over fears its technology could be exploited by hackers to target children. The German telecommunications watchdog advised parents who have already bought the popular Cayla dolls to destroy them, but stopped short of ordering them to do so. The Cayla doll, which ...

Report: Most cyber-attacks come from same place, and use basic tactics

F-Secure's new cyber security report paints a stark picture of the threats posed by insecure networks and devices, the internet of things, cyber-crime and others. F-Secure has released a new report which explores the trends and threats defining the current state of cyber-security across the globe. According to the report, a majority of active reconnaissance ...

New ISO standard for the safe bunkering of LNG-fuelled ships

Some ships in northern Europe have been using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their fuel source for over a decade, with an extremely good safety record. But as the use of LNG-fuelled vessels spreads to other parts of the world and many more parties become involved, there is a clear need to standardize LNG bunkering ...

Enhancing traceability with a new ISO project committee

How do you know that your bottle of champagne is the real McCoy? That your boots were really made in Italy or that your milk is indeed pasteurized? Traceability – known as chain of custody – is important for ensuring the authenticity, and therefore the quality and safety, of virtually every product imaginable. A new ...

Practical tools for addressing climate change

An overview of some of the ways in which ISO standards help organizations address climate change. Year of publication: 2015 Edition: 2 Download

Pharma sector gets new ISO tool for drug identification

Up until now, there was no means of identifying medical substances on a global basis. This led to numerous challenges when adverse reactions to medicinal products were reported in one country and had to be interpreted by others. Greater co-ordination among drug regulatory authorities and increased transparency in reporting suspected adverse drug reactions was needed ...

Safe and sane at work

Combating workplace stress is the theme of World Day for Safety and Health at Work – and ISO standards can help. Whether it be burn-out or bore-out, work-related stress is a significant societal issue. Greater expectations, increased competition and rapid changes in technology and trends place pressure on employees to worker harder and longer – ...

Oroville Dam risk: Thousands ordered to evacuate homes

More than 180,000 people in northern California have been told to evacuate their homes after both overflow channels at the tallest dam in the US were found to be damaged. The emergency spillway of the 770ft (230m) tall Oroville Dam was close to collapse, officials said. The excess water has now stopped flowing. However, late ...

Neighbourly help, key to surviving an earthquake, city planner says

City of Vancouver holding a series of earthquake preparedness workshops While Vancouver residents' reaction to this year's unusual winter weather may have the rest of Canada rolling its eyes, being prepared for a disaster is no laughing matter for a City of Vancouver's earthquake-response coordinator. Jackie Kloosterboer, emergency planner with the city, says people have ...

UK organizations over-confident about fraud risk: survey

Despite over half (56 %) of UK organizations being affected by fraud, confidence levels in fraud prevention techniques are remarkably high, reveals research. Callcredit Information Group's Fraud & Risk report surveyed 201 fraud prevention managers and directors and found that a majority of businesses (75 %) believe they are one step ahead of fraudsters, with ...

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