UK organisations unprepared for EU financial instruments directive

07 December 2017

There are now less than 30 days to go before the legislation comes into force with tough financial penalties for non-compliance.

There are now less than 30 days to go before the legislation comes into force with tough financial penalties for non-compliance.

The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) comes into force on 3 January 2018, but 39 per cent of UK financial organisations are unaware whether their organisation is compliant or not, says new research.

MiFID II is EU legislation that regulates firms who provide services to clients linked to ‘financial instruments’ and the venues where those instruments are traded.

Part of the directive states that firms will be obliged to record all communications that are intended to result in a transaction.

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Swyx goes to the cloud to offer “products as a service”

03 November 2017

The company’s UC functions can now be offered regardless of whether the solutions are deployed in-house, or on private or public clouds.

The company’s UC functions can now be offered regardless of whether the solutions are deployed in-house, or on private or public clouds.

Swyx has launched a cloud-based communications platform and plans to offer its “products as a service” throughout Europe. 

The company reckons its new SwyxON service enables customers to benefit from UC functionality as well as the “high elasticity, flexibility and cost-effectiveness” of cloud-based communication. 

Multiple locations and mobile users can also be easily integrated, and it’s further claimed that users can “significantly” reduce maintenance and administration costs because they always use the latest version of Swyx’s communication solutions. 

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Firms risk losing workers due to mobile black spots

01 July 2017

Arqiva says that rather than the mobile network or user’s handset, it is the building itself that lies at the root cause of poor indoor coverage.

Arqiva says that rather than the mobile network or user’s handset, it is the building itself that lies at the root cause of poor indoor coverage.

One in four workers in the UK would move jobs as a result of poor mobile signals in the office, according to Arqiva.

In a survey of 1,000 workers, the communications infrastructure specialist found that 49 per cent have experienced poor mobile coverage such as dropped calls or a lack of signal within their office building. Of those, 72 per cent said this happens every week, while 25 per cent said it was something they faced daily.

John Lillistone, Arqiva’s head of products for telecoms, says: “With 43 per cent of those we asked saying that poor mobile coverage does or would significantly impact their ability to do their job, and a quarter claiming it already causes them extreme levels of stress and frustration, indoor coverage is clearly not an issue that companies can afford to ignore.”

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ITS aims to boost cyber security awareness

01 July 2017

Managed service provider IT Specialists (ITS) has developed a kit to help businesses ensure that their cyber security awareness and planning is effective.

According to the firm, 40 per cent of organisations that experienced a data breach in 2016 failed a compliance audit, and only 13 per cent felt that their data and network were safe from insider threats.

ITS’ cyber security awareness kit includes a white paper which explains why a unified approach to preventing IT security breaches is essential for ensuring that all of a business’ technology is visible and actively protected.

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