It’s all just data over the bridge

09 March 2021

As 2020 came to a close, the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) thrashed out a deal – as part of the long-drawn-out Brexit negotiations – to facilitate the movement and security of data between the exiting country and the 27-member bloc. Well, they agreed to a deal under which the EU will continue to treat the UK as an adequate jurisdiction for up to six months pending any full adequacy finding for the UK.

This means that, for now, personal data can continue to flow from the EU to the UK without the need for millions of contracts and impact assessments. Does that mean that there is no change on the privacy front post-Brexit? Not quite.

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UK-EU agree six-month ‘data adequacy’ bridge

18 February 2021

Enterprises can keep data flowing to and from the European Union (EU) as normal post Brexit, thanks to a temporary solution that will keep the current rules in place for several months.

The bridging period of up to six months has been agreed to ratify a data “adequacy” agreement to allow for the continued free flow of personal data between the UK and the bloc.

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South East Water signs cloud and machine learning deal with CTS

18 February 2021

Cloud Technology Solutions (CTS), a Google Cloud Premier partner, has secured a contract with South East Water to digitally transform its CRM system, My Account, as part of the organisation’s five-year strategic plan. The project will see the former migrate My Account to Google Cloud, to improve customer service operations by teaming with CTS’s developers and platform engineers. 

This migration will allow South East Water to make use of Firebase – a Google platform that enables businesses to build their own apps – improving communication and interaction with its 2.2 million customers. 

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What happened to Black Friday and Christmas?

03 February 2021

Nigel Thorpe, technical director, SecureAge Technology

Nigel Thorpe, technical director, SecureAge Technology

If you Google cyber crime during Black Friday and Christmas you can find plenty of warnings and advice from a plethora of experts, vendors and even the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). But the strange thing is that there appears to be no headlines featuring online scams or breaches.

So, what happened in a year when more of us were online shopping than ever before? Previous festive periods have provided fertile ground for cybercriminals intent on spoiling our celebrations and bargain hunting. Was it the case that it’s been a tough year for hackers too and they took time off? Or maybe they have been too busy crafting phishing attacks preying on our anxieties around the pandemic. Or have we just got better at spotting a malicious email or link during those long winter nights promising a great deal?

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