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5 Main Concerns for Cyber Security Teams

Cyber Security Team Issues

On 14 February 2017 the UK launched a cyber security unit, tasked with protecting the government, authorities and companies from cyber attacks. After having been in operation since late 2016 the unit was officially made part of the UK's security and intelligence agency. The UK government allocated £1.9 billion (€2.24 billion) to its National Cyber Security Strategy over the next five years. Cyber security is becoming of greater importance around the world, with countries building and tasking teams in matters of national security. The following are five major concerns for cyber security teams:

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4 Ideas That Can Help Improve Customer Service in the UK

Customer Service in the UK

Though overall customer service in the UK has improved, statistics from the recent 2017 report by the Institute of Customer Service show that there has been an increase in customer effort and disputes with organisations. This means that while things are looking up for the industry, there is much room for improvement. Here are four ways to do that:

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How the UK Plans to Overhaul Technical Education

UK Tech & Education

Prior to his resignation in 2016, Former Minister of State for Skills, Nick Boles, made known plans to overhaul technical education in the UK, both in delivery and priority. Boles' plans include the introduction of new courses in hopes of increasing the technical skill of British workers, citing that Britain "has all the ingredients to compete with other skilled nations", but has yet to implement a truly satisfactory system. Boles believed that the current technical education system does not adequately channel nor mobilise the potential talents of students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

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Cyber Schools Programme: Cybersecurity Clubs for UK Teens

Cyber Schools Programme UK Cybersecurity Clubs

The world is currently facing a shortage of individuals who are educated in various aspects of cybersecurity. With massive volumes of sensitive data being stored and transferred online these days, this shortage can present a real problem when it comes to security. In order to combat this shortfall, thousands of UK based teenagers are set to participate in cybersecurity clubs across the country.

The Cyber Schools Programme is designed for teenagers between 14 and 18 years of age. Preference will be given to 14 year olds who can commit four hours weekly while being able to complete the full four year programme. The programme will target those individuals who demonstrate a passion and talent for cybersecurity, while providing them with skills for the purpose of protecting businesses against online threats in today's highly digital landscape. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a number of experts in the cybersecurity field.

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Giva Salutes: Charity IT Association (CITA), Addressing Nonprofits’ Technical Needs

Charity IT Association (CITA)

In our digital world, it is almost impossible for an organisation to flourish without the proper technology. One licenced charity's focus is making sure the rest of the United Kingdom's charities are smoothly ushered into the modern era. The Charity IT Association (CITA) was launched in early 2015 in response to the growing issue of nonprofits' inefficient digital resources to organise their communication and market their mission. CITA matches a charity in need of advice and support with an independent and experienced volunteer in the information technology field.

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The Baby Monitor Spy: How the Internet of Things (IOT) is Often Unsecure

Internet of Things (IOT) & Security

In 2013, a cyber attacker hijacked a baby monitor to spy on a 2-year-old Texas girl, broadcasting obscenities at the young child, swiveling the camera to watch her flabbergasted parents as they entered and then to insult them as well. Fortunately for the young girl, she slept through the entire incident, but this brings into question the security of the Internet of Things.

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3 Takeaways from WannaCry, The Largest International Ransomware Attack to Date

WannaCry Malware UK NHS Data Security

As widely reported, an international ransomware attack has hit computer systems in 150 countries, affecting hundreds of companies, businesses and specifically one of the most important sectors in the UK, healthcare. The malware that was used is called WannaCry, a very fitting name for all the feelings of despair that it undoubtedly evokes in its victims. The hackers demanded payment in Bitcoin money in return for access to patients' medical records and other critical information. It is believed that the attackers have leveraged a stolen NSA malware product that was initially created to be used in surveillance to spy on terrorists.

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How Ransomware is Hurting UK Businesses

Ransomware & UK Business

Cyber security is a top concern for many firms and their IT departments. Organisations are constantly threatened by hackers, malware, and other potential predators. One important threat to note is ransomware, and it can cost more than just precious data.

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Upcoming CIO Events in the UK for 2017

2017 UK CIO Events

In an effort to assist our UK CIO clients, Giva has compiled a listing of upcoming 2017 conferences and summits. We hope this will be helpful to you!

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Employee Uncertainty Looming for Tech Startups After Brexit

UK Tech Startups, Brexit & People

In the wake of Brexit, the tech industry suffered a significant blow. As a member the EU, the UK tech world had a resource pool of 500 million citizens. This incredible asset to startups was taken away overnight, and now Britain's ability to keep up with the Goliath that is Silicon Valley has been seemingly diminished.

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