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 ...

A robot ear surgeon drills into the future of medicine

Technically it ain't brain surgery, but let’s just say you wouldn’t want to do a cochlear implant while sleepy or distracted. So it’s a good thing this surgery robot can’t be either of those things. It drills into the bone behind the ear, watching with two shining eyes. The bit passes just half a millimeter ...

Are business continuity and information security converging?

Is the increasing organizational focus on information security having an effect on the traditional demarcation lines between business continuity and information security management (ISM)? Continuity Central recently conducted an online survey to find out. 182 responses to the survey were received and it seems that convergence between BCM and ISM has happened in some organizations; ...

US small businesses disaster preparedness under the spotlight

68% of US small-business owners don't have a written disaster recovery plan, even though about half (49%) said it would take their business at least three months to recover from a natural disaster, according to Nationwide's Small Business Indicator. While most small-business owners don't have a formal plan, many have taken various steps to prepare ...

Why business continuity managers need to trust ‘gut feel’

Sometimes as a business continuity manager you have a feeling that a certain decision is the wrong one, despite qualitative and quantitative evidence pointing to the contrary. Dominic Irvine explains how research is starting to support the reliability of trusting your gut feeling… Qualitative and quantitative evidence is sometimes used as a weapon to force ...

Facebook updates its platform policy to forbid using data for surveillance

Facebook today announced changes to its platform policy that forbid developers from using the company’s data for surveillance purposes. The changes include language “to more clearly explain that developers cannot ‘use data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance,’” the company said in a blog post. “Our goal is to make ...

Hundreds of mobile websites and apps are found to leak personal info

Using apps and mobile websites is normal for smartphone users, but applications you trust could be leaking your personal information — and it can be surprisingly easy for a hacker to find it. "There are so many very popular, recognizable brands out there producing apps and websites that are leaking personally identifiable information," said Michael ...

Samsung officially unveils Bixby, its new AI assistant for mobile and IoT

Apple gave us Siri, Microsoft gave us Cortana, Amazon gave us Alexa, Google gave us, um, Google, and now Samsung has officially introduced its new AI-powered assistant to the world. After months of speculation that its new mobile assistant would be called Bixby, Samsung has now confirmed that Bixby is indeed the name of the ...

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