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Risk Digest: 3rd February 2017

Here’s your Risk Digest for the Week Ending 3rd February 2017.


Information Security

Can the Internet Of Things make your office more secure?

Nick Chowdrey, content and PR manager at In Marketing We Trust, weighs up the benefits that the IoT can bring for home and office security against the cons.

 

MPs question UK’s cyber-attack defences

A skills shortage and “chaotic” handling of personal data breaches are undermining confidence in the government’s ability to protect the UK from cyber attacks, MPs have warned.


Tech

Top Tech Stats

A round up of some of the past week’s most interesting surveys, statistics and reports relevant to those involved in the UK tech industry.

 

Google loses $500m Oculus VR case

A US court has awarded $500m (£395m) to a firm which sued Facebook and other defendants over the use of its virtual reality technology.


Health & Safety

Mental Health: The next major focus for H&S professionals?

Heather Beach discusses the increase of focus on the complete health and wellbeing of employees.

 

Fencing business owners receive suspended sentences

The two owners of Kidderminster based fencing firm Hoo Farm Fencing have been given suspended sentences after a worker was hit by timber posts and frames which fell from a fork lift truck.


Food Safety

Food  

Vegetable shortage hits UK Supermarkets

Poor weather conditions in Europe are causing a shortage of certain vegetables supplied to the UK.

 

Co-Op recalls hollow chocolate bunny after suspected tampering

After the recall of hollow chocolate Santas due to some being found to contain button batteries, Co-Op is recalling their Easter bunny versions for the same reason.


Energy Saving

Environment

Environmental charities to receive £1.5m from businesses who broke environmental laws

Charities will receive more than £1.5 million for projects benefitting wildlife and the environment as a result of enforcement action by the Environment Agency, it was announced today.

 

Farmers warned after court issues £19,000 fine

Farmers are being warned of their responsibilities to properly store slurry and silage after a dairy farmer and his company were fined £19,162 for twice polluting a protected watercourse.


Mental Health

Wellbeing

February 2nd was “Time To Talk Day”; here are the mental health statistics you need to know

just how common are mental health problems, what are the effects and how is it changing? To answer those questions and more, here are the vital numbers you need to know.

 

Study shows that camping can improve sleep patterns

A weekend in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado helped reset people’s internal clocks and reversed the tendency of artificial light to push bedtime late into the night.


Brexit

Brexit Whitepaper published

The government has published an official policy document setting out its Brexit plans. The White Paper lays out the government’s 12 “principles” including migration control and “taking control of our own laws”.

 

Brexit Bill: what happens next?

Next week’s three days of committee of the whole House threatens to be a far more serious and subtle test of their mettle – and also of the Deputy Speakers who will chair proceedings.


The Lighter Side

The week in wildlife pictures

An otter family, a diving kingfisher and the Amazon coral reef are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

 

The Natural Glass Pebble Beach

Known as ‘Glass Beach’, for many years the coastline looked the opposite of a pristine and perfect beauty spot. It was a Soviet era tip, where truckloads of broken vodka bottles and cracked porcelain were dumped.


 

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