81 percent of security professionals say skills required for cyber security have changed
Sep27

81 percent of security professionals say skills required for cyber security have changed

Tripwire’s latest study reveals skilled security staff are already harder to find   Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of security and compliance solutions for enterprises and industrial organisations, today announced the results of a study conducted in July by Dimensional Research that examined how organisations are addressing the cyber security skills gap. According to Tripwire’s study, 93 percent of security...

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GDPR: The vital role HR professionals can play in ensuring data security
Aug22

GDPR: The vital role HR professionals can play in ensuring data security

Simon Fitchett, COO of UK Data Group discusses the importance of ensuring Data Security and the role HR Professionals can play.   The big, scary elephant in the room There are scaremongers galore whenever you mention GDPR –the General Data Protection Regulation – coming into force on 25th May 2018, and the focus often falls on the fines and penalties for non-compliance! However, when the hysteria and panic subsides GDPR is found...

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44% of UK business leaders expect to face rising security threats – but 43% have no crisis response plan
Aug03

44% of UK business leaders expect to face rising security threats – but 43% have no crisis response plan

HR Managers know only too well that good managers prepare and plan for the unexpected.  However, it seems the small to medium businesses they work for ARE expecting a security crisis, but are woefully unprepared. UK employers are aware that security threats are rising, with 44% of them expecting to face some form of attack in the near future. This is the key finding of research commissioned by Arthur J. Gallagher, focused on...

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APSCo report surge in IT security vacancies – meanwhile more cyber attacks threaten UK businesses
Jun28

APSCo report surge in IT security vacancies – meanwhile more cyber attacks threaten UK businesses

Businesses around the world are today reporting a new round of cyber attacks, as the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) have announced that IT Security vacancies increased by 6.2% during the year ending 30 April 2017.  The recent attacks are only likely to see this trend increase. There was strong demand for IT Security staff from the Accountancy (40%), Retail and Education sectors, all of whom hold huge amounts of...

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Bored, distracted employees pose biggest data security risk – and over half of experts would trust tech over humans
Jun15

Bored, distracted employees pose biggest data security risk – and over half of experts would trust tech over humans

Bored employees who become distracted at work are more likely to be the cause of human error and a potential security risk, according to a snapshot poll conducted by Centrify at Europe’s leading infosecurity event, Infosec Europe in London this week. While more than a third (35 per cent) of survey respondents cite distraction and boredom as the main cause of human error, other causes include heavy workloads (19 per cent), excessive...

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People are the weakest link, but only 22% of businesses reviewed their people-factor cyber risk in the last 12 months
Jun07

People are the weakest link, but only 22% of businesses reviewed their people-factor cyber risk in the last 12 months

A recent survey has chillingly revealed that only 22% of businesses have reviewed their cyber risk in the last 12 months.  Steve Herbert, Head of Benefits Strategy at Jelf Employee Benefits is urging HR departments to get involved by ensuring that the “people factor” in cyber risk is managed more effectively. The recent global ransomware attack that caused chaos across almost 100 countries worldwide and majorly disrupted the UK’s...

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GDPR: How HR can help UK businesses avoid crippling fines over upcoming privacy laws
Jun05

GDPR: How HR can help UK businesses avoid crippling fines over upcoming privacy laws

It seems that many UK businesses are far from being GDPR ready – but if they don’t get ready in time, they risk fines that could sink them. With just a year until the stringent privacy regulations come into force (May 25 2018), significant numbers of organisations have let this critical legislation drop off the planning agenda, believing, wrongly, that the new European regulations won’t affect them. HR software provider Ciphr,...

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What to tell your staff after Friday’s workplace hack
May15

What to tell your staff after Friday’s workplace hack

The Wannacry ransomware attack which attacked workplaces worldwide and affected much of the UK’s NHS network was stopped in its tracks accidentally by registering a new domain, which acted as a ‘kill switch’ – but not before many huge organisations had been massively impacted. The problem is that many of the Nation’s computers have been turned off all weekend – and there are fears that when users return to work today, the virus could...

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New data protection regime – implications for employers
Jun16

New data protection regime – implications for employers

Guest blog by Steven Lorber, Ius Laboris, Global HR Lawyers At the end of May, the EU finalised its new regime for data protection. With a two year run-in period, the General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR) will apply from 25 May 2018. The GDPR aims to introduce a “one-stop shop”, with a common set of rules applying across the EU. Although the European Commission claims that this will save businesses some €2.3bn per year, its...

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Flexible Working – lost laptops creating security nightmare
May17

Flexible Working – lost laptops creating security nightmare

As the use of flexible working increases, more employers are allowing their staff to take workplace devices out of the office.  However, for employees who use public transport, this could pose a massive security headache in terms of equipment being stolen or lost whilst workers commute, especially on public transport.  Provided the right steps are taken, flexible working represents an excellent move forward, but businesses need to...

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CIPD to help tackle cyber security in the workplace
Feb05

CIPD to help tackle cyber security in the workplace

Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, joined the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, at an event last night to officially launch a new e-learning tool to help the HR profession tackle cyber threats in the workplace. The free online course ‘Cyber Security for HR professionals’ is part of a wider partnership between the Government, senior HR professionals, information and cyber security...

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Counting the Value of Staff ID Cards
Feb04

Counting the Value of Staff ID Cards

In 2015 alone business data theft cost UK businesses over £1 billion pounds.  While efforts have been improved towards cyber security and employee security, a recent survey by ID specialists Digital ID revealed that 59% of the businesses surveyed admitted they currently have no form of staff identification in place. Recent years have seen a huge rise in business and ID theft within the UK, and failure to protect that information can...

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Famous Spreadsheet Blunders
Nov25

Famous Spreadsheet Blunders

Love them or hate them, the majority of SME’s still use spreadsheets for managing things like budgets, expenses and staff holiday planning.  As every user knows all too well, spreadsheets are wide open to interpretation and human error, and according to software company Scoro, 88% of spreadsheets will contain at least one error. It often isn’t so much a case of wanting to use spreadsheets so much as being afraid to switch...

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Morrisons staff to sue over auditor’s grudge leak
Oct28

Morrisons staff to sue over auditor’s grudge leak

More than 2,000 Morrisons staff are set to sue the supermarket after Andrew Skelton, 43, a senior internal auditor  was jailed yesterday for 8 years.   Skelton was found guilty of fraud by abuse of position, unauthorised access to data with the intent of committing an offence and disclosing personal data, the Crown Prosecution Service said. The trial heard Skelton deliberately posted sensitive, personal data for almost 100,000 of the...

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