The topic of identity is one that is always emerging in the digital arena. Three recent examples indicate some of the facets that need to be considered. In Dundee Arts Cafe, Dr Sandra Wilson talked on "Proving your identity: passports of the future. Steve Watts of Securenvoy argues passwords are insufficient to secure ID and two-factor authentication is essential. On the issue of Europe's ID, "Identity Processes and Dynamics in multi-ethnica Europe," examines individual and collective identities in an increasingly multi-ethnic Europe.
Gaberlunzie opted to try to download the actual "Scotland's Future - blueprint for a fairer country" report but after dipping around a bit discovered discovered the only downloadable seemed to be the three page commentary from Alex Salmond rather than the report itself.
Hen Harriers ‘Red Listed Bird of Conservation Concern’ in the UK with its population closely observed and subject to frequent national surveys. But where previous surveys showed increasing Hen Harrier pairs in 2010 show the Scottish numbers dropped 10% on 2004. Only Welsh populations rose by 33%
With cyber attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, companies who can manage such incidents are in short supply, says IT security firm MWR InfoSecurity, who were declared one of the British 38 CIR (certified incident response) consultancies recently.
As the giant cranes of Clydeport are decommissioned in favour of more modern devices, the future of BAE in Govan and Scotstoun seems to be increasingly at risk. Over at Rosyth however, where Babcock's facility assembles 65,000 tonne warships, with a workforce of around 2,500 and submarines are also outfitted, its interesting that Babcock starts the refit of HMS Scott at Devonport. Another straw in the wind?
The ITU Regional Cybersecurity Centre in Muscat, Oman conducted its second cyber drill for the Arab region from 22-24 October. National CIRT (Computer Incident Response Teams) from – Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Sudan, Qatar, UAE, and Tunisia– participated in the drill.
The UK Government’s Patent Box scheme could lead to a rise in innovation in the UK according to a new report from innovative technology and design consultancy Cambridge Design Partnership and international patent and trade mark attorney firm Marks & Clerk.
USA has been running in a bad security patch recently, with the latest news involving the expired SSL certificate for President Obama's website, and the news that Adobe's Reader source code has been hacked. UK's IT should maybe check on its padlocks
Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have used a laser to accelerate electrons in a nano-structured glass chip, smaller than a rice grain, at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology a development that can reduce the size of particle accelerators to be used in medicine.
BCS, the British Computer Society and Chartered Institute for IT, has extended its BCS CESG Certified Professional Scheme, for Information Assurance (IA) professionals, to the whole UK private sector. Launched almost a year ago, the scheme has so far only been the priveleged domain of government employees or working on government contracts.
Around 80% of companies believe storing data in a virtual environment decreases or simply does not impact their organisation’s chance of data loss. Yet, 40% of companies leveraging virtual storage experienced data loss from those environments in the last year.
"The pedestrian pound: the business case for better streets and places"
A new report makes a robust case that investing in good quality public realm can provide direct benefits to businesses and the local economy.
Twenty six selected companies span several technology sectors and stages including: 9 Expansion, 13 Start-up, and 4 Seed. Their skills range from networks, to new materials, on-demand devices like batteries and even mini games. From the 26 companies 14 are based in Ireland and 12 are based in the UK Eight elevator pitches are also being made.
Amor, having been on an acquisition trail for growth, has been acquired by one of the biggest, giving the US Lockheed Martin group a sound footing in the energy, transport and public services affairs of the UK.
UK Government has published a detailed draft of energy generation contract to provide policy certainty for investors in low-carbon energy generation, as it brings a change in the electricity market with the help of an energy bill in order to keep the lights on, decarbonise the economy, minimise consumer costs and declares its preferred bidders for smart meters, but doesn't even pay lip-service to the fraud and data security aspects of such meters.
Priority should be given to the proposed EU Data Protection Reform and that concerned over Network and Information Security should following it, is the gist of a 12-page draft opinion being put forward by the LIBE (Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs) committee. Swedish MEP Carl Schlyter claims a major concern is how the two new data breach notification schemes would operate together.
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