UK firms lagging on security testing

18 March 2019

New research has found that only five per cent of UK businesses spend £750,000- £999,999 on security testing.

The Cost of Security Testing, a report recently commissioned by security testing platform Avord, also found that only 1 per cent of companies spend over £1m annually on security testing. It said that businesses across the UK have criticised the security testing industry for being too expensive and this has resulted in companies spending more than £6.6bn annually protecting critical assets from cyber-attacks.

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‘Workers putting businesses at serious risk’ with social media

06 March 2019

Rufus Grig, chief technology officer at Maintel says the risks of using undocumented, unsecure apps “should be obvious enough”

Rufus Grig, chief technology officer at Maintel says the risks of using undocumented, unsecure apps “should be obvious enough”

Employees are exposing their businesses to potential cyber-attacks by continuing to use unapproved apps such as Instagram, Facebook Messenger and Snapchat, a report has found.

Research conducted by the cloud and managed services specialist Maintel found that four in 10 employees “confessed” to using social media more than two hours each day.

Furthermore, Maintel found that although the majority of employees knew that various apps are not permitted for use in the workplace, usage of WhatsApp, Snapchat and Instagram were actually on the rise over the past three years - 30 per cent, 27 per cent and 33 per cent respectively.

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KPMG withdraws SME cloud accounting service from UK

05 March 2019

KPMG HQ, London

KPMG has announced it will withdraw its digital small business accounting (SBA) service for small businesses from the UK.

The move comes as the auditor's UK arm attempts to consolidate on its highest growth in a decade, dropping aspects of its business which grow at a slower pace. Although the offering will no longer be available in the UK, it will remain accessible to clients outside of Britain.

A KPMG spokesperson said discussions with staff were on-going and the firm is supporting them and keeping them informed of their options as it winds down SBA.

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GCHQ on female recruitment drive

25 February 2019

GCHQ

GCHQ

Britain's cyber spy headquarters GCHQ has launched an all-female training course in a bid to recruit women spies and redress the gender imbalance in the intelligence community.

Based in Cheltenham, GCHQ said classes for  teenagers held across Britain in cyber-skills and intelligence will help to recruit more diversified agents.

 

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