Lords committee warns of barrier to trade and security if data transfers are hindered post-Brexit

18 July 2017

 Committee chairman Lord Jay says maintaining unhindered data flows is crucial for both business and effective police cooperation.

Lord Jay says maintaining clear data flows is vital for both business and effective police cooperation.

Greater friction around data transfers between the UK and EU following Brexit could present a non-tariff trade barrier, warns a House of Lords committee.

The government has said that it wants to secure “unhindered” and “uninterrupted” data flows between the UK and the EU post-Brexit.

It believes this will facilitate trade and cooperation in law enforcement, both of which rely on shared standards of data protection. 

But a House of Lords EU Home Affairs sub-committee is warning that if the government’s objectives are not achieved, the UK could be put at a “competitive disadvantage”. 

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Businesses leaving themselves open to data breaches from former employees

14 July 2017

Study finds more than half of ex-employees still have access to all corporate applications.

Study finds more than half of ex-employees still have access to all corporate applications.

A large proportion of businesses fail to adequately protect their networks from the potential threat posed by ex-employees, says a new study by OneLogin.

According to the identity management provider’s research, IT decision makers are aware that 58 per cent of former employees still can access the corporate network. 

It also reveals that nearly a quarter of UK businesses have experienced data breaches by ex-employees.

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Hillcrest standardises on thin clients for groupwide desktop solution

12 July 2017

IGEL's thin clients will be used by 800 staff across Hillcrest Group's 50 sites in Scotland. 

IGEL's thin clients will be used by 800 staff across the Hillcrest Group's 50 sites in Scotland. 

The Hillcrest Group of Companies is updating its desktop infrastructure with IGEL’s thin client system. 

The deployment aims to provide an easy to manage, affordable, reliable and multimedia-ready solution for 800 staff working across the group’s 50 sites in Scotland. 

The project will see the replacement of existing Axel thin client devices as they reach end-of-life with IGEL’s IZ series zero clients. It is already more than 70 per cent complete with over 200 Intel Atom-powered IGEL terminals now installed.

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Businesses warned to beware of cyber security traps and ‘false’ infosec training

11 July 2017

BT and KPMG say businesses should beware of falling into traps such as being stuck in the ‘denial’, ‘worry’, ‘false confidence’ or ‘hard lessons’ phases.

BT and KPMG say businesses should beware of falling into traps such as being stuck in the ‘denial’, ‘worry’, ‘false confidence’ or ‘hard lessons’ phases.

While initial investment in technology such as firewalls and antivirus protection is ‘good housekeeping’, firms should avoid throwing money away on IT security products as a knee-jerk reaction, according to a new report from BT and KPMG. 

And in separate news, the IISP warns businesses against going down the wrong track in their rush to skill-up through training.

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Viewpoint

Lured, locked-in & loaded up

First Brexit and now stuck and
de-walleted in the Microsoft Cloud.

View from the top, p6, June issue

Training

Infosec skills crisis "eases"

Recruitment site sees surge in interest in cyber security roles.

Network knowledge, p15, June issue