ICO to scale back fines for public bodies

06 July 2022

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is to scale back fines for public bodies after admitting that users of services often suffer the consequences of the financial punishments imposed.

Although the UK's data watchdog said it will continue to issue fines for the most serious cases of data breaches in the public sector, it will use other powers within its remit such as warnings, reprimands and enforcement notices.

“Fines do not impact shareholders or individual directors in the same way as they do in the private sector but come directly from the budget for the provision of services,” information commissioner John Edwards, wrote in an open letter.

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Why cybersecurity needs to address gender disparity

09 June 2022

By Heather Hinton, chief information security officer, RingCentral

By Heather Hinton, chief information security officer, RingCentral

We have passed the two year anniversary of Covid-related lockdowns in the UK and businesses have continued operating through a hybrid working environment. Many companies are going back to a full in-the-office mode, while Apple for example announced that employees will return to the office three days a week from April. Cybersecurity issues remain a key focus for all businesses, with increased emphasis for those businesses that will operate partially remotely. Before the pandemic, most workers were on a corporate network, with limited access from a home or public network; during the pandemic, almost all users were on a home network. Now, businesses will have to deal with an almost even split of network access: home, public and corporate. However, when we look at the cybersecurity industry as a whole, the ongoing talent shortage continues to threaten efficient protection for businesses. In fact, according to recent research, cybersecurity reported its highest skills shortage on record in 2021, not to mention that there was a reported shortfall of 10,000 people a year in the UK’s cybersecurity talent pool alone.

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Daisy helps Greggs roll shops into the future

09 June 2022

Daisy Corporate Services, the provider of secure IT, communications and cloud services, has partnered with British bakery chain Greggs to deliver a future-proof, security-centred SD-WAN solution.

The Meraki-powered service “offers businesses improved agility via a network that evolves in line with specific current and future needs as well as offering a zero-risk approach to security”. Greggs will use the service to ensure faster in-shop connectivity that can drive increased use of in-shop devices. It will also ensure that shops who partner with the likes of JustEat, “have the consistent, high-quality bandwidth required to fulfil growing demand”.

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How to control the IT chaos of a hybrid workforce

08 June 2022

By Ken Galvin, senior product manager, Quest

By Ken Galvin, senior product manager, Quest

Organisations across the world have embraced remote working, offering more agility and flexibility than ever before. There was a time where tablets, smart phones, and new IoT devices were not a common business tool. However, just as organisations started to get to grips with how to handle these applications and devices, we faced a new turn of events with employees looking to work not only from any device, but across any location and at any time. Our digital lives make us more productive and offer us the potential to work in a much more free and agile way. The good news is that this opens up a whole host of benefits and worker productivity for the organisations that can make this work, but we can’t neglect the hard-working IT teams in the background. These new trends can present a whole host of challenges in terms of security, compliance and data access. So, with the new hybrid workforce set to stay, how can organisations enjoy the benefits and minimise the risks?

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