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Enforcing Cybersecurity Law in the UK

UK Cybersecurity Statistics

One of the main roles of government in any country is to protect its citizens from a variety of potential threats. With most countries of the world now participating in online activities, governments have been tasked with policing and the creation of legislation in an attempt to secure this new dimension. In some cases, enforcement is necessary, and this very enforcement has provided the United Kingdom with some impressive statistics in their Q3 (current) report on cybersecurity.

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CSR Spotlight: Ethical Performance

Ethical Performance

Ethical Performance is a company that describes itself as "inside intelligence for responsible business". Since its 1999 founding in Canterbury, England, the media collection has become a "definitive one-stop reference" for those seeking awareness of daily happenings in the world of corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investment.

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Protecting Digital Britain at the CyberUK 2017 Conference: Liverpool, UK 14-16 March

NCSC CyberUK 2017 Conference

The world is a highly connected place. Whether online platforms are used for business, shopping, education or recreation, all have the common ability to fall victim to a breach in cyber security.

For those in the UK, a great opportunity to learn more about the latest trends in cyber security will occur when the CyberUK 2017 Conference comes to the Arena and Convention Centre in Liverpool, from the 14th to the 16th of March. CyberUK is an inaugural event hosted by the National Cyber Security Centre in association with the UK Government Communications Headquarters.

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Why the Healthcare Industry is Vulnerable to Data Breach

Healthcare Data Breaches

A recent global study conducted by Ponemon and funded by IBM Security shows that, of the 383 participating companies, 91 percent of healthcare organisations in 25 countries have been hit by at least one data breach in the past two years. The total cost of these breaches has been 6.2 billion US dollars (4.6 billion pounds), and an average impact of nearly 2.8 million pounds per breach.

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UK’s National Cyber Security Centre: Why It Matters

UK National Cyber Security Centre

On Monday, 3 October 2016, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in London opened its digital doors and launched operations. The government has determined that cyber is a Tier One threat to national and economic security, and given the many technological challenges the world now faces, such as terrorism and hacking, the Centre will focus on giving both private and public sectors the power to proactively handle these challenges. It comes as a part of the £1.9 billion National Cyber Security strategy, which is set to take place over the next five years.

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UK Trends in Cloud IT Implementation

UK IT Cloud Computing

The popularity and demand for cloud computing has grown very rapidly in the United Kingdom. Research performed by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) in February 2015, based upon 250 IT and business decision-makers, reveals an astounding transition to cloud services that has taken place.

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New Bio Plant Will Revolutionise UK Household Waste Treatment

REnescience & DONG Energy

Recycling benefits the climate by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and it conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals. Yet in 2014, only 44.9% of household waste was recycled, and fell to 44.3% in 2015. Traditional waste handling systems are inefficient, relying on households to sort waste into different bins that are transported to separate locations. The waste cannot be completely separated either.

For instance, paper containers are typically made of a paper exterior, a foil interior, a plastic screw cap, and remnants of whatever substance was inside the containers. At best, households can screw off the plastic cap for recycling and empty the container as much as possible. They cannot separate the paper from the foil.

But with DONG Energy's REnescience technology, enzymes separate waste so that the materials can be recycled. Leftovers and paper are turn into biogas, plastic is re-purposed for new plastic goods, and foil is burned in a waste incinerator to generate energy.

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The Importance of Modernising Business Systems

Modernising Business Systems & Software

Software is the founding pillar of modern day business success. Every company is a tech company, or is implementing technology into their business in order to stay relevant in a world that moves so quickly.

As more and more companies are relying on technology, and most of them relying on cloud services, data security is a critical issue that must be addressed in any business plan. No system is perfect, and IT systems are prone to outages.

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Case Studies in CSR: Freeths Partners with BITC's Right to Read

Freeths & BITC's Right to Read

Literacy is critical to understanding and succeeding in today's world. A report from the National Literacy Trust shows that low literacy is associated with poverty and that individuals with low literacy are "more likely to be in routine work, receive working age benefits, live in disadvantaged housing conditions and more deprived areas and experience homelessness".

Business in the Community (BITC's) Right to Read programme aims to raise literacy standards by increasing the number of trained volunteers providing reading support for children ages seven through eleven. Since January 2015, Freeths, a national law firm, has worked to increase this number. More than 70 of its staff members have volunteered for the programme, helping over 250 children.

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5 Issues Regarding Data Protection and Regulation Compliance in the Cloud

Cloud Computing Data Security

Cloud computing is rapidly becoming the norm for businesses because of its ability to streamline data protection and sharing both within and outside of the organisation.

A May 2015 study conducted by 451 Research showed that 74 percent of respondents cited the cloud as their primary deployment method for workloads over the next two years.

With such a large number of businesses moving to the cloud, it is critical for IT professionals to be aware of regulations regarding this method of data storage and transfer.

In their report, Data Privacy in the Cloud, 451 Research addresses five issues that IT workers should keep a close eye on as the technological world moves forward:

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