Ransomware can kill a business

Andy Halsall Security, Technology

If you run a small business, protecting yourself from ransomware and other online threats could be the difference between success and failure. The aptly named, ‘WannaCry’ ransom-ware attack attracted more attention than most online security threats and rightly so given impact it had on the NHS, and elsewhere. But it is only one small part of the current threat picture …

Micro-targeting: Privacy is on the agenda again, but is anyone paying attention?

Andy Halsall News, Politics, Technology

Privacy and political micro-targeting in the UK: The doorstep versus data-mining. In the same week that we find out that the the UK’s Information Commissioner has launched an investigation into the way political parties target voters through social media, Mozilla has released the results of its privacy survey. The two bring the ability of businesses and political parties to track …

The Media Politics of NHScyberattack

Loz Kaye News, Security, Technology

NHS IT is not healthy, a strong and stable response from government, society and the media is needed to build immunity. The global WannaCrypt ransomware attack has pushed information security front and centre of the media and political agenda. Just four days after the initial outbreak on the 12th of May there were more than 200,000 victims in over 150 …

US Trade must not diminish UK standards

Andy Halsall Trade

The prospect of a free trade agreement between the UK and the US raises the possibility that consumer, employee and environmental protections will be seen as inconveniences that can be reduced rather than levelled between the two partners. When it comes to trade, the potential for eroding standards has always existed. This is not a new concern but one that can be …