Risk Digest: 31st March 2017

Here’s your Risk Digest for the Week Ending 31st March 2017

Information Security

Microsoft Boss states We will not help any government hack any customer anywhere

The president of Microsoft has told ITV News there should be strict limits to the data governments can obtain from private citizens.

Bank fraud up as criminals hit individuals: Efforts by lenders to bolster IT security leads fraudsters to bombard customers with scams

High street banks are losing the battle against fraud as criminals switch tactics to directly target customers.


Health & Safety

Hidden dangers: is seeing believing when it comes to office health and safety?

Key to the successful delivery of any health and safety programme is the willingness of staff to take the initiative when identifying workplace hazards.

Health and safety fines £75k higher than cost of compliance

health and safety fines in 2016 far outstripped the cost of compliance, according to a new study from health and safety consultants, Arinite.



Brexit: How will it affect farming and food?

Hugh McCollum’s father bought the family farm near Ballykelly, County Londonderry, back in the 1940s. He said the transition away from subsidies will be “sore”, but he will not be sorry to see the back of them.

Marks & Spencer recalls chicken and vegetable soup over contamination concern

Supermarket chain Marks and Spencer has issued a recall of one of its soup products amidst fears of “possible chemical contamination”.



English salmon could be wiped out by Norwegian parasite

English salmon could be wiped out by a Norwegian parasite which has already devastated rivers in Scandanavia.

Climate change: China calls US ‘selfish’ after Trump seeks to bring back coal

Chinese state media has lambasted Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back many Obama-era environmental regulations, with a state-run tabloid saying that: “No matter how hard Beijing tries, it won’t be able to take on all the responsibilities that Washington refuses to take.”

Solar Panels


Energy price cap implications ominous, former regulator says

Energy experts have warned the government not to intervene in the market by capping prices.

Mental Health


Yoga could help relieve back pain

If your life is blighted by back pain, 2017 might just be the year to take up yoga. A new study has found that yoga can help reduce pain and improve movement in those with chronic lower back pain.

How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep: Wear Socks And Avoid Alcohol Before Bed, Report Advises

If you want to get a good night’s sleep you should consider wearing bed-socks and avoiding alcohol to help you nod off.

Cloud Security


Square small business payments service launches in UK

Square, the payment service created by the boss of Twitter, which enables small businesses to take card and contactless payments, has launched in the UK.

US Top Secret Laptop Stolen from Car

A US Secret Service agent’s laptop – which reportedly contains floor plans for Trump Towers and other potentially sensitive information – has been stolen in New York.

Summer 2015 Budget


Pound to dollar exchange rate: GBP recovers against USD after Article 50 is triggered

AFTER dropping on Tuesday the pound recovered from its worst levels against the US dollar as Prime Minister Theresa May kick-started the UK’s official Brexit negotiations with the EU by activating Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Three charts that show Britain’s borrowing binge isn’t over as growth in credit card debt hits 11-year high

Credit card debt grew at the fastest annual pace in more than a decade in February, as low interest rates encouraged Britons to binge on cheap credit.



Lloyds London Chairman Plays down Brexit Challenges

Lloyd’s of London chairman John Nelson says insurance market veterans view the challenges thrown up by Brexit as a “walk in the park” compared to the difficulties that nearly obliterated the business just decades ago.

What will Brexit mean for British expats?

Since June last year, one of the most popular topics for queries has been how expats and people who own property in EU countries might be affected by Brexit.


The Lighter Side

Worlds largest dinosaur footprint found in western Australia

Scientists nay have found the world’s largest dinosaur footprint in a remote area of Australia’s northwestern coastline.


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