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Lincolnshire County Council Hacking: What Can We Learn?

Hacking & Ransomware Attacks

Earlier this year, Lincolnshire County's IT was shut down for several days due to a ransomware attack. The attack penetrated multiple departments and put numerous individuals at risk, as their private information was infiltrated. The number and frequency of these attacks continues to increase leaving us to ponder what more could happen in future situations and what we can learn from this occurrence.

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Thames Water Builds Largest European Floating Solar Farm

Thames Water

Thames Water, the United Kingdom's largest water and wastewater services provider, is in the process of installing an expansive solar farm on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir in London. The floating solar array will consist of over 23,000 solar panels, making it the largest in Europe. The project was completed in early spring of this year.

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NCT Data Breach: Anyone Can Be a Target of Cyber Attack

NCT Data Breach

The National Childbirth Trust reported a data breach on 7 April 2016. This data breach has caused 15,000 members of their website to have their website registration details compromised. The NCT stresses that no financial or personal details were included in the compromised data.

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Pledge 1%’s UK Effort

Pledge 1% in the UK

Pledge 1% is a collaborative effort by Atlassian, Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado, Rally for Impact, and Tides to spread their mission of integrating philanthropy into businesses throughout the world. By taking part in Pledge 1%, businesses agree to dedicate one percent of employee time, equity, product or profit to giving back to local and worldwide communities. The Pledge focuses on the community and gives businesses involved the resources to help them carry out their vision.

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CyberFirst Programme Supports and Develops Students Interested in Cyber


The various technologies we use on a daily basis have made us dependent on Cyberspace: we store information in the cloud, share pictures on social media, make digital payments, etc. Now more than ever, there is a need to keep Cyberspace safe, and to do this, the UK government is looking to a generation that grew up with the internet.

The CyberFirst scheme was created as part of the UK government's National Cyber Security Programme. It includes a student bursary, as well as activities that are designed to introduce talented young people to career opportunities in Cyber and to support their education.

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IT Implications of the Brexit Outcome

IT & Brexit

In a historic referendum on 23 June 2016, Britons voted in favour of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union (EU). The so-called Brexit promises independence, sovereignty, and flexibility in making decisions for the nation. It has been causing waves across the globe.

The historic decision has many economic, financial, and sociopolitical ramifications, but what is the potential impact on the tech industry and IT?"

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CSR Spotlight: Business in the Community

Business in the Community

Are you interested in implementing corporate social responsibility (CSR) into your place of business? For people living in the United Kingdom, there may be no better resource than Business in the Community (BITC). The organisation provides abundant information on CSR efforts, resources, programmes and events.

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Unilever Achieves Sending Zero Waste to Landfills


Unilever, a British-Dutch multinational consumer goods company, has just announced a very impressive new accomplishment. A world leading supplier of food, home and personal care products, Unilever is now also leading the industry by sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfills. This is true for all of their sites, located in 70 countries, and including factories, warehouses, distribution centres and offices.

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5 Ways to Help Prevent Ransomware Attacks

Help Prevent Hacking & Ransomware

In an age of cloud storage, password key chains, and accounts linked to financial information, it is critical for businesses and individuals to safeguard their data. ESET reports as of April 2016 that ransomware makes up one quarter of all cyber-attacks in the UK, and that number is on the rise.

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Deloitte Launches Society Partnership Programme

Deloitte's Society Partnership Programme

Deloitte, one of the UK's leading accounting and professional services firms, has recently created the Society Partnership Programme, which combines its charity partnership and social innovation pioneering programmes into one major initiative. The Society Partnership Programme's mission is to support UK charities and social enterprises committed to benefiting the public good and helping those who are unemployed move up.

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