The appointment of Henry Pearson to the Department for International Trade provoked a lot of debate among security friends and colleagues, namely do we need a cybersecurity ambassador?If you take the conversation we had in the office, it wasn’t a quick answer. Far from it. We discussed skills, innovation, competition. But there was an agreement that it doesn’t matter which way you look at it, Britain needs to create new export channels, and hit the well-publicised 40 trade deals ahead of Brexit. We can see why cybersecurity is a prime candidate for the strategy - the Government certainly has high hopes anticipating we will be exporting £2.6bn of UK cyber security by 2021. Studying the UK’s Cyber Security Export Strategy, the DIT is planning on acting as “trusted advisor to support UK companies bidding for major opportunities, primarily selling to overseas governments and Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) providers.”It makes sense to help … [Read more...] about Does the UK need a cybersecurity ambassador?
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Cybersecurity is in shambles: Who's to blame? We are building our future on a creaking digital foundation. It's time for that to change. "I have nothing to hide" was once the standard response to the occasional surveillance experience by way of cameras, border checks, or casual questioning by law enforcement. Privacy used to be considered generally balanced in many countries -- at least, in the West -- with a few changes to rules and regulations here and there often made only in the name of the common good. Things have changed, and not for the better. China's Great Firewall, the UK's Snooper's Charter, the US' mass surveillance and bulk data collection -- compliments of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Edward Snowden's whistleblowing -- Russia's insidious election meddling, and countless censorship and communication blackout schemes across the Middle East are all contributing to a global surveillance state in which privacy is a luxury of the few and not a … [Read more...] about Online security 101: How to protect your privacy from hackers, spies, and the government
Thomas Colson, provided by Published 11:45 pm PST, Monday, February 11, 2019 Reuters / Hannah McKay Industry figures say the government's no-deal Brexit plans would bar thousands of British lorries from entering EU countries. Up to 90% of British lorries could be barred from operating in Europe in the event of a no-deal Brexit, which the Road Haulage Association said would bankrupt many firms. The Road Haulage Association described the permit allocation process as "the most spectacularly badly-run lottery." The Department for Transport said it was confident of securing a deal which would allow lorries to continue enjoying the current access they enjoy. LONDON — Industry figures have accused the UK government of organising a "spectacularly badly-run lottery" which would see thousands of British lorries barred from entering Europe in the event of a no-deal Brexit. More than 11,000 lorry operators have applied for an ECMT permit — without which they could not … [Read more...] about The UK government has set up a ‘spectacularly badly-run lottery’ which could bar most British lorries from Europe under a no-deal Brexit
With only a few weeks to go until Brexit, Britons in France are being urged to apply for their residency permits to secure their status and to avoid a bureaucratic bottle-neck later down the line. The French authorities and the British Embassy have been pressing UK residents living in the country to gather the paperwork and send in their applications to their local prefectures. And in recent weeks, the growing prospect of a no-deal has created an even greater sense of emergency: if Britain stumbles out the EU without a deal, Britons in France will only have one year in which to obtain their residence permits. The law said that a the required level of minimum resources Britons would need to meet in order to qualify for residency permit in France will be set in an upcoming decree. That has sparked yet more concern. But although time is running short, it appears many Britons, some who have been in France for many years, are simply … [Read more...] about ‘I’m on €410 a month’: Anxious Britons in France reveal why they won’t apply for residency permits
There are plenty of bikes out there vying for your attention and an increasing number of models are electric too. So, what to do if you have a traditional pedal bicycle you already like but it’s not electric? Swytch looks like it could provide the answer; it’s a self-contained electric bike conversion kit that, on face value, boasts universal appeal no matter what kind of two-wheeler you own.One thing that does immediately appeal with the idea is that it provides a cheaper entry point into the world of electric-powered cycling. That’s very good news if you’ve always fancied an e-bike but find the initial cost too prohibitive. The company says that the e-bike market has grown some 1,700% in the last 10 years, but currently ownership tends to be most prolific in the over-50s bracket – some 70% in fact, who’ve often got a little more cash to spare.Easy optionSwytch might be able to change all that with several options available, and with prices that … [Read more...] about The Swytch electric conversion kit can power any bicycle