Risk Digest: 26th August 2016

Risk Digest

Here’s your Risk Digest for the Week Ending 26th August 2016.

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Information Security

Snoopers Charter Powers Offer ‘Vital’ Tool, Review Concludes

TechWeek 22.8.16

‘Independent’ review of controversial surveillance legislation concludes spies can continue bulk data collection.


France, Germany Press for Access to Encrypted Messages after Attacks

Reuters 23.8.16

France and Germany want to compel operators of mobile messaging services to provide access to encrypted content to terrorism investigations, after a series of deadly attacks in both countries.
Security Researchers Discover First Twitter-Controlled Botnet

TechWeek 24.8.16

The first ever Twitter-controlled botnet has been discovered by security experts at ESET, who claim the backdoor is downloading malware onto infected Android devices.

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Health & Safety

Safer Summer Sports for Stadium Workers

SHP 22.8.16

Health and safety at sports stadiums involve many different aspects. Paul Jakeway, Marketing Director at skin care expert Deb, explains why providing UV protection to stadium staff should be one of them.


Gas Engineer Fined for Unsafe Installation

HSE 23.8.16

A Gas Safe registered engineer from Middlesex has been fined for safety failings after he carried out an unsafe installation.


Hot Weather and Outside Workers

SHP 23.8.16

With the temperatures set to rise over the next few days in parts of the UK, the TUC is calling on employers to make sure their staff working outdoors are properly protected from the sun and the heat.


Business Continuity

Shortlist Published for 2016 Australasian Awards

Continuity Central 25.8.16

The Business Continuity Institute’s Australasian Awards aim to recognise business continuity and resilience excellence. They will be presented on 8th September at a ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.


Security Teams Not Keeping Up With Exponential Cloud Server Growth

TechWeek 22.8.16

Black Hat survey finds enterprises are increasing their attackable surface area by 100 times with a move to cloud infrastructure environments.


Are Your Business Continuity Plans Over-Optimistic when it comes to Employee Availability?

Continuity Central 22.8.16

Can I really rely on my entire workforce to support a recovery? Robert Clark advises business continuity managers to revisit employee availability assumptions in business continuity plans.

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Twitter Pulls the Plug on more Terrorist Accounts

TechWeek 19.8.16

Twitter suspends 360,000 accounts for ‘promotion of terrorism’, but warns there is no magic algorithm to ID suspects


Pope Francis Warns Nuns Against “Wasting Time” on Social Media

Independent 25.8.16

Pope Francis has urged nuns not to let social media distract them from their religious duties.


Judge’s “LOL” as he Jails man who boasted on Facebook about Refusing to Complete Community Service Sentence

BBC 26.8.16

A man who avoided prison after being convicted of a street attack has been jailed for refusing to perform unpaid work, then boasting about it online.

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Removal of trade barriers key to reaching global climate targets, says World Energy Council

Edie 22.8.16

As analysis suggests that the Paris Agreement could be ratified by the end of this year, a new report from the World Energy Council concludes that the energy objectives set at COP21 could be met if national Governments reduce barriers to trade and investment of environmental goods.


EBRD backs Bulgarian Energy Holding bond

EBRD 22.8.16

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has invested €80 million in a five-year €550 million bond issued by Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) to support reform of the Bulgarian energy sector.


UK needs to invest £215bn in energy by 2030: Barclays

Utility Week 22.8.16

The UK will need to invest an “eye-watering” £215 billion in its energy system by 2030 in order to replace aging assets and decarbonise, analysis by Barclays Research has found.

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Yandex Offers ‘Complaint’ Button and AI As Alternative To Ad Blocking
TechWeek 23.8.16

Yandex, a major search engine in Russia, hopes to reach a compromise between users and advertisers as an alternative to indiscriminate ad blocking
UK businesses could win a share of £1.2 million to carry out short, international cooperation feasibility studies.

Gov.uk 24.8.16

UK businesses looking to create international business networks can apply for funding of up to £21,000. This funding is to enable commercial research and innovation partnerships. It will also help businesses explore ideas for future collaboration.


CQC joins forces with Skills for Care, Department of Health and Social Care Institute for Excellence to develop a quality strategy for adult social care.

Care Quality Commission 26.8.16

This week, CQC joined forces with Skills for Care, Department of Health and Social Care Institute for Excellence to host a roundtable event with providers, trade associations, public/voluntary organisations and other key stakeholders to develop a quality strategy for adult social care.

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Other News 

Love-Struck Man Tracks Down Woman He Met At Festival By Leaving Posters Around Her Town

Huffington Post UK 25.8.16

A romantic who met his dream woman at a festival but forgot to ask for her number has tracked her down by plastering posters around her hometown.

Love-struck Nick Hopton met the woman, called Freya, at Boomtown Festival in Hampshire two weekends ago.


Comedy Wildlife Photo Aware Proves Animals do Slapstick too.

Metro 26.8.16

The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards are back for 2016 and, by the looks of these early entries, they’re funnier than ever, proving that even the most graceful of god’s creatures can be taken unawares by a long lens and that animals can do slapstick too – whether by accident or design.


Hundreds Challenge Human Pyramid Limits at Indian Hindu Festival

Reuters 25.8.16

Hundreds of people attending a Hindu festival in India’s western Maharashtra state on Thursday defied India’s Supreme Court order limiting the height of human pyramids due to safety concerns.


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