UK firms hit by attacks every 50 seconds

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.

Read entire post UK firms hit by attacks every 50 seconds | Phil Muncaster | InfoSecurity

Half of UK businesses don’t believe in their business continuity plan

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.

Read entire post Half of UK businesses don’t believe in their business continuity plan | Sead Fadilpašić | ITProPortal

Three steps to managing bonded inventory through Brexit disruptions

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.

Read entire post Three steps to managing bonded inventory through Brexit disruptions | Kjell Bornkamp | SupplyChainBrain

‘You did not act in time’: Greta Thunberg’s full speech to MPs

Greta Thunberg took her climate message to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster on Tuesday. The 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist told a packed room that her future and the futures of her fellow children had been ‘sold’.

My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 16 years old. I come from Sweden. And I speak on behalf of future generations.

I know many of you don’t want to listen to us – you say we are just children. But we’re only repeating the message of the united climate science.

Many of you appear concerned that we are wasting valuable lesson time, but I assure you we will go back to school the moment you start listening to science and give us a future. Is that really too much to ask?

In the year 2030 I will be 26 years old. My little sister Beata will be 23. Just like many of your own children or grandchildren. That is a great age, we have been told. When you have all of your life ahead of you. But I am not so sure it will be that great for us.

Read entire post ‘You did not act in time’: Greta Thunberg’s full speech to MPs | Greta Thunberg | The Guardian

Six myths people still believe about GDPR

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.

Read entire post Six myths people still believe about GDPR | TripWire

A forest garden with 500 edible plants could lead to a sustainable future

This type of agroforestry mimics natural ecosystems and uses the space available in a sustainable way. UK-based Martin Crawford is one of the pioneers of forest gardening. Starting out with a flat field in 1994, his land has been transformed into a woodland and serves as an educational resource for others interested in forest gardening.

This short film by Thomas Regnault focuses on Crawford’s forest garden, which is abundant, diverse, edible, and might be one answer to the future of food systems.

Save your seats for the ISO 31000 LRM training and certification in London, UK

You are invited to join us in London for the ISO 31000 Lead Risk Manager training event!

During this training, you will gain comprehensive knowledge of the best practices used to implement a risk management framework that provides the foundation for designing, implementing, monitoring, reviewing and continually improving a risk management process.

Become a Certified ISO 31000 Lead Risk Manager! Join our next training and certification event in London on 18-22 March 2019.

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Amazon knocked off top of UK consumer poll once ethics considered

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.

Read entire article Amazon knocked off top of UK consumer poll once ethics considered | Rob Davies | The Guardian

Heathrow airport: Drone sighting halts departures

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.

Read entire post Heathrow airport: Drone sighting halts departures | BBC

London’s smart city plans embrace growing security infrastructure

London prides itself on its smart city infrastructure. Across the metropolitan region, sensors capture a wide variety of data, which gets processed and analysed for patterns to enhance future decision-making.

According to a 2017 report from The Guardian, terrorism-related arrests in Britain increased 54%Based on all this information, the city of London may monitor and modify traffic patterns, determine pollution levels, and implement solutions.

City officials can even use the software to determine how these patterns may change as the city grows. But as London continues to implement new technology across the city, it is focusing its attention on another issue for concern: security.

Read entire article London’s smart city plans embrace growing security infrastructure | Sarah Dunsby |  LondonLovesBusiness

Reported Cybercrime Jumps 14% in England

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.

Read entire article Reported Cybercrime Jumps 14% in England | Phil Muncaster | InfoSecurity

The unique wildlife of the Scottish Highlands

Watch reindeer forage for food and mountain hares seemingly vanish into a snowy backdrop. The Sense of Place series offers an intimate view of the most wild and remote habitats still left in the U.K, aiming to show the true value of these rare and fragile ecosystems.