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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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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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