The business ISP analyzed traffic for its customers during the period and found them to be on the receiving end of 146,491 attempted attacks each, on average. That’s 179% higher than the same period in 2018, when firms faced down 52,596 attacks on average.
IoT devices and file sharing services were most frequently targeted, hit by 17,737 and 10,192 attacks respectively during the quarter.
This chimes somewhat with a FireEye report from last month which revealed a dramatic increase in attacks exploiting file-sharing services to deliver malware via email. From hardly being used in any attacks in Q4 2018, OneDrive was seen in over 60% by Q1, it claimed.
Roughly half of businesses in the UK (46%) are not confident their business continuity plans are up to date, according to fresh reports from Databarracks.
Polling businesses ahead of the Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW), the report says that organisations are being regularly exposed to potential business disruptions because of poor BC management. Databarracks’ managing director Peter Groucutt says organisations should be investing in resilience, but “this is not happening across half of UK organisations”.
He believes it is critical for organisations to tweak and test their BC plans on regular basis. A three-year old plan won’t be of much help, as it may refer to employees that retired or left the company in the meantime.
The prospect of future disruptions in the supply chain brings diverse risks to the operation of businesses, especially to inventory management. The approaching Brexit deadline raises the imminent question how businesses can effectively continue to finance and distribute their inventory within the European continent.
While the renegotiation of the U.K.-EU relationship will most likely take several years, European distributors have to assess their current inventory management to mitigate future disruptions.
European distributors have to assess their current inventory management to mitigate future disruptions
There is no doubt that the political landscape will continue to change, and this goes hand-in-hand with a growing trade volume due to the growing e-commerce market. In order to serve the European Market effectively, managing the availability and allocation of inventory becomes vital to reduce overall costs, improve cash flows, and bring more agility to supply chain operations.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018, and by the letter of the law, virtually every business in the UK needs to comply with it. However, there are still some misconceptions surrounding the law and what it means to organisations. This can lead to difficult situations where mistakes can be made.
Myth 1: The large fines are just a threat
The GDPR made headlines for a long time back in early 2018 before the regulations came into force. During this time, much was made of the extremely heavy fines that could be placed in businesses that failed to comply with the regulations. These were reported to be up to €20 million or 4 percent of global turnover, whichever figure was greater.
For example, in 2016 WhatsApp was issued with a penalty of €10,000 for each day that they failed to comply with Dutch data laws. This was before the GDPR came into force, but since the instigation of laws, there has been an extremely heavily penalty issued against Google for the company’s failure to comply with the rules.
Myth 2: The GDPR won’t apply to the UK after Brexit
There is a common misapprehension which might be something of wishful thinking on the part of business owners who don’t want the hassle of achieving compliance with GDPR regulations. This is that UK businesses will not need to comply with the GDPR after Brexit because it is an EU law and that this standard will not apply to Britain.
Amazon has slipped down a list of companies ranked by customer satisfaction after consumers were asked to consider ethics when rating brands.
The online retailer, which became the world’s most valuable listed company earlier this month, had taken the top spot in the last six published biannual UK Customer Satisfaction Indexes (UKSCI). But it slipped to fifth place, with a score of 85.4 out of 100, after the Institute of Customer Service (ICS) added new categories, including an ethical dimension to the poll of 10,000 consumers.
Amazon has previously faced high-profile criticism over the working conditions experienced by its employees and its relatively meagre tax contribution in the UK.
Flights from the west London airport resumed about an hour after police said a drone had been seen.
A Heathrow spokeswoman had said it was a “precautionary measure” to “prevent any threat to operational safety”. It comes after last month’s disruption at Gatwick Airport which saw thousands of people stranded when drones were sighted.
The spokeswoman said: “We continue to work closely with the Met Police to respond to reports of drones at Heathrow. Based on standard operating procedures, working with Air Traffic Control and the Met Police, we have resumed departures out of Heathrow following a short suspension. We continue to monitor this situation and apologise to any passengers that were affected by this disruption.”
There has been an increase in the volume of cybercrime incidents reported to English police of 14% over the past two financial years, according to a new report.
Think tank Parliament Street filed Freedom of Information (FOI) requests with the country’s police forces, asking for a breakdown of Computer Misuse Act crimes which involve hacking, smart devices and/or connected devices.
Although it received back a full set of answers from just 14 out of a possible 39 forces, the findings could be viewed as illustrative of broader trends.
The total number of cybercrimes over the two-year period was 2547, rising from 1193 in 2016/17 to 1354 in 2017/18.
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