Risk Digest: 13th January 2017

Here’s your Risk Digest for the Week Ending 13th January 2017.

Information Security

Lloyds Bank Online Banking Failure

Customers of Lloyds Banking Group have expressed frustration at a second day of problems with online and app banking.


PM Urged to Protect UK from Election Hacking

Theresa May has been urged to take stronger action against the threat of foreign powers influencing UK elections through hacking, following accusations of Russian interference in the US presidential contest.


Five Things that got Broken at World’s Oldest Hacking Event

Chaos Communications Congress is the world’s oldest hacker conference, and Europe’s largest. Every year, thousands of hackers gather in Hamburg to share stories, trade tips and discuss the political, social and cultural ramifications of technology

Health & Safety

Blog: Protecting Lone Workers is not a Choice, it’s a Call of Duty.

Following two health and safety prosecutions at the end of 2016, Klaus Aliion, Managing Director, ANT Telecom, looks at what companies should be doing to protect their lone workers.


Maximum Jail Term for Plant Hire Manager after Fatality

The 57-year-old manager of an access plant hire firm has been sentenced to a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment for his neglect of health and safety obligations that led to the death of one man and caused serious injury to another.


Network Rail Fined £800K after Worker Hit by 80mph Train

Network Rail has been fined £800,000 in a prosecution brought by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), following a serious incident on the railway two and a half years ago.


New ISO for Animal Welfare Worldwide

Protecting an animal’s welfare means providing for its physical and mental needs. The farming of animals is no longer just seen as a means of food production but as an ethical concern.


How to Measure the Effectiveness of Information Security

You simply can’t be too careful when it comes to information security. Protecting personal records and commercially sensitive information is critical. But how can you tell that your ISO/IEC 27001 information security management system (ISMS) is making a difference? A new ISO/IEC International Standard can help you out.


Government Announces £20mil Funding for Low Carbon Freight Projects

Vans will go electric and lorries will run on hydrogen dual-fuel under a £20 million Government programme to cut emissions and improve air quality, transport minister John Hayes announced.


Greenpeace Names Apple the Greenest Company in the World

Apple has been lauded by Greenpeace as the world’s most environmentally big technology company.

Solar Panels


Unilever Advances Carbon Reduction Commitment at 5 UK & Ireland Sites

One year after announcing its bold ambition to become carbon positive by 2030 1, Unilever has taken another significant step on its renewable energy journey, with the signing of a contract to use biomethane (also known as green gas/biogas) at five of its sites in the UK and Ireland.

Three London Councils Trial Solar Battery Project

A new programme aimed at helping fuel poor households reduce energy bills is being trialled in London. Camden Council, Islington Council and Waltham Forest Council have joined forces for the ‘24/7 Solar’ project, part-funded by National Energy Action.


The Technology Promising a Better Night’s Sleep

Sleep technology is one of the biggest trends at CES, the world’s top electronics show, from beds that stop snoring to a pillow that monitors sleep cycles


Wellbeing Video: How Important is Gratitude?

This animation from Building Site to Boardroom (BS2B) shows the benefits of gratitude on our health and wellbeing.


Aviation in 2017: Supersonic Jets and Premium Economy

It has been a tough few years for the aviation industry and 2016 proved no different. However, it is worth noting that last year was actually one of the safest in modern aviation history. So what does 2017 hold in store? Here are some trends to watch out for.


Snapchat to open International HQ in London

Snap, the company behind messaging firm Snapchat, has announced it is making London the home of its non-US activity.

Other News 

World’s first Tidal Lagoon Power Station to be built in Swansea

An independent review has backed plans to build the world’s first tidal lagoon power station off the coast of south Wales.


Stonehenge Tunnel Approved

A major road running past Stonehenge is going to be moved into a 1.8-mile tunnel, the Department for Transport has announced.


Calls for Review of Health & Safety Laws following Brexit

The TUC has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to make clear to Britain’s bosses that “any watering down of workers’ rights following Brexit is off the table” following the emergence of a letter sent to MPs by Simon Boyd


Carney: “Brexit Risks Now Lower”

The immediate risk posed by Brexit to the UK economy has declined, the governor of the Bank of England has told MPs.


Pound Falls on May’s Brexit Comments

The value of the pound has fallen to a two-month low against major currencies after Prime Minister Theresa May signalled the UK would pursue a so-called “hard Brexit” from the EU.

The Lighter Side

“Sam the Sweater Man” Dresses to Match Landmarks

Sam Barsky likes to knit. He also likes to travel. So what better way of combining the two than knitting jumpers of famous landmarks and then wearing them to those places.


Grandmother Prays to Elf Elrond – Mistaking Figurine for Saint

A Brazilian great-grandmother has been praying to a Lord of the Rings figurine every day after mistaking it for a saint.



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