Risk Digest: 19th May 2017

Here’s your Risk Digest for the Week Ending 19th May 2017

Information Security

Cyber attack ‘accidental hero’: I was just ‘doing my bit’ to stop hackers

A young British computer expert hailed a hero for helping to shut down the crippling cyber attack said he was just “doing my bit” to stop the hackers.


NHS ‘robust’ after cyber-attack

A total of 48 of England’s NHS trusts were hit by Friday’s cyber-attack, but only six are not yet back to normal, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said.

Health & Safety

White asbestos blocked from hazardous substance list “a catastrophe”

Chrysotile, or white asbestos, will not be added to the Rotterdam Convention’s list of hazardous substances.


NHS Trust found guilty after patient was impaled

A hospital trust faces a fine after a jury found it guilty of health and safety breaches following the death of a patient at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

Business Continuity

Business Continuity Awareness Week – The Importance of ‘Cyber Security’

It’s Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW)! But hold on – what is Business Continuity?


Identifying Legacy Systems in your IT Estate.

The recent global ransomware attack which has a major impact on the NHS appears to have exploited a vulnerability in the operating system of many computers across the I.T estate, this was exacerbated by the continued widespread use of Windows XP, which reached its end-of-life in April 8, 2014 – 3 years previously.


Respond to a Wide Spread Ransomware Attack with Business Continuity Planning.

The timing of the Cyber Attack which affected many NHS trusts, doctors surgeries and other organisations across the globe does not appear to have been random.


William Santus & Co recalls Uncle Joe’s Liquorice & Aniseed Extra Strong Mints as the sweets may contain small pieces of metal

Uncle Joe’s Liquorice & Aniseed Extra Strong Mints 35g tins are being recalled because the sweets may contain small pieces of metal which could represent a safety risk.


38m pieces of rubbish found washed up on remote island’s beaches

A tiny, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, has been found to be one of the most densely polluted areas in the world.


Climate change is turning Antarctica green, say researchers

In the past 50 years the quantity and rate of plant growth has shot up, says study, suggesting further warming could lead to rapid ecosystem changes.


National Grid boss say Labour plan will stall green energy drive

John Pettigrew claims switch to public ownership will disrupt transition to cleaner forms of energy.


SSE squeezes higher profits from household energy customers

The “big six” gas and electricity supplier enjoyed bigger margins as wholesale energy prices fell and average usage rose.


6 ways to self-soothe when you’re feeling rattled

Self-soothing means calming your own anxiety and fears when negative triggers tip you over into emotional reacting – instead of thinking and acting clearly and effectively.


The real way to keep your brain sharp in old age

In a recent interview for the New York Times, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, offered some advice to older people to help them keep their cognitive skills as finely tuned as possible.


Samsung Pay Launches In The UK; Watch Out Apple Pay And Android Pay

The South Korean tech giant offers a third way to smartphone contactless payment.


The five big announcements from Google I/O

If you follow tech news often, you’ll be more than aware of the promise offered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Often, though, it feels like a far-away goal. It will get there, but right now it’s primitive.

Summer 2015 Budget


POUND LIVE: Pound rises after shock fall from 7-month high

THE pound jumped back against the dollar on Friday morning following a sharp fall from a seven-month high.


Lloyds reaches landmark as government sells final shares

Treasury injected £20.3bn to prop up bank in 2008 after its troubled takeover of HBOS but now public stake stands at zero.


Brexit takes centre stage in TV debate as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn absent

The two-hour debate offered party leaders the chance to air their Brexit views as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn snubbed the event.


Milford Haven port watches Brexit border arrangements

Milford Haven port is watching carefully what future border and trade arrangements will be made with Ireland after Brexit.

The Lighter Side    

Huge bee swarm sparks rush-hour standstill in southeast London

The insects filled the air and sent commuters in London into a panic, with a witness saying they “were on everybody” in the area.


Grumpy artworks given a smiley makeover with FaceApp

Have you ever walked around an art gallery and thought, “Why does everyone look so miserable?”


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