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Cost of MPs security rises by 2m following murder of Yorkshire’s Jo Cox

The amount of money spent protecting MPs has increased by more than 2 million since the murder of Jo Cox, figures have shown. Information published by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) shows that 170,576.24 was spent on security assistance in 2015/16. This sum increased 15-fold to 2,550,954.22 in 2016/17, IPSA said. Ruth Evans, chair of the authority, said: “Following the tragic events of June 2016, there was a big increase in the total expenditure on security, rising to 2.5 million during this year.

“It is important that we take the security of MPs, and that of their families and their staff, very seriously.” IPSA said a standard package of security measures is available to all MPs that has been recommended by security advisers and the police. Enhanced measures can be offered to MPs upon recommendation by the police, the authority added. Ms Cox was murdered by right-wing extremist Thomas Mair as she arrived to host a surgery in her Batley and Spen constituency last June.

Earlier this year, a coat of arms was unveiled in Parliament to honour the Labour MP.

Inspired by her maiden speech, the plaque bears the motto “More in Common”, with elements to show off her love of rivers and mountains and her support for women, as well as four red roses to represent each of her family members, two red for Labour and two white for Yorkshire.

Cyber security: Policing the internet

Yorkshire is waging a war on criminals who could wreak havoc on the UK s economy. Sometimes it pays to be slightly paranoid . In an age when crippling cyber-attacks can be launched from a teenager s bedroom, there is much to be said for creating a chain of distrust to protect yourself and your colleagues. A Yorkshire seminar about the rise of ransomware a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a ransom is paid heard that many firms still needed to take tougher action to vet files and data that could have been sent by criminals. Earlier this year, more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries were infected with the WannaCry ransomware virus after a cyber-attack crippled organisations, government agencies and global companies. The NHS was also badly affected . Some 47 trusts in England including a number in Yorkshire and 13 Scottish health boards were compromised when the virus targeted computers with outdated security.

This crisis provided food for thought when experts in the field of cybersecurity gathered at the Leeds head office of smart telecommunications business aql, whose CEO, Dr Adam Beaumont, is the regional business champion for CiSP, the Cyber Information Sharing Partnership. CisP is a national initiative operated by CERT, the Computer Emergency Response Team, which is part of the Cabinet office. One of the speakers, Thomas Chappelow, the director of Leeds-based Nimbox, a provider of cloud-based secure file collaboration and storage tools, said companies could make ransomware attacks pointless by securing data in a chain of distrust . He said companies should never take for granted where a file has been. Stuart Hyde, the regional leader for CiSP, who was appointed by aql, said there was every likelihood of further attacks, although not necessarily of the same type as the attack which hit the NHS. He said: It s a call out to say these types of attacks can occur and there are lots of things you can do to protect yourself.

Attacks do take place in Yorkshire and the Humber, but luckily we ve got quite a good level of skills to be able to tackle some of those. A number of Yorkshire firms are doing their bit to thwart cybercriminals of all sizes. The Leeds-based technical marketing agency SALT.agency has expanded its services into cybersecurity by releasing a CyberScanner service. CyberScanner is a tool designed by SALT.agency s in-house team which has the ability to scan and analyse websites to test thousands of security vulnerabilities. John Ward, director of operations at SALT.agency, said: Yorkshire is a diverse and forward-thinking region that s attracting some of the most talented people in the industry . It stands the chance of becoming a leader in cybersecurity.

However, he warned that many sizeable businesses were still being complacent about the issue. He said: There s always going to be some sort of hole in the net that will let in the sharks and of course, the bigger the net, the more damage there is going to be. He believes that many leading professionals are unaware of the risks of using unsecure wifi in public places. He recalled: A member of our team set out to simply capture all the wifi signals in a well-known coffee shop in Leeds, to see what we could discover . We found about 85 per cent of all the traffic that came from laptops was unprotected, so we could see exactly which websites they were visiting, and over 72 per cent of the mobile traffic was the same. Although the majority of people were looking at websites like the BBC and LadBible, two per cent contained sensitive information including websites, passwords and other personal information.

Although a number of people use VPN apps (virtual private networks) to communicate, there are still a surprising amount of people who don t. There might only be a handful of companies dedicated to cybersecurity throughout the region, but it s the damage prevention that will really help the economy grow . Cybercrime cost UK businesses 29bn last year and that s not acceptable . Businesses close and people lose their jobs because of preventable security flaws and mild negligence . Take those issues away and we re set for a bright future. David Wall, professor of criminology at Leeds University, believes that smaller SMEs sometimes lack computer security awareness.

He said: Nation-state attacks tend to be on infrastructure, like utilities and other services . Britain seems to be well equipped to counter such attacks, although you do not hear about many of these. Businesses and organisations can be attacked, but they do seem to have, or they are developing, business continuity plans . The recent WannaCry ransomware attack was a major wake-up call with regard to cyber-attacks in the region. Prof Wall believes Yorkshire has built up a critical mass of talented people who can send cybercriminals packing. He added: We have a history of developing experience in this area . Don t forget that we have had a number of major online banking and finance businesses in the region for many years, and the security experience from these has helped motivate others to think about cybersecurity. We have also had the two main universities in Leeds working on different aspects of cyber-security. It is now 20 years since Leeds University first started researching and teaching cyberlaw and cybercrimes, subjects that have remained popular ever since.

Leeds Beckett has recently developed a cybersecurity unit in its computing department and there is also expertise in Sheffield Hallam University. David Porter, the cybercrime investigator at Yorkshire & Humber Regional Cybercrime Team, added: The businesses I have interacted with across the region take cybersecurity seriously, and invest heavily in their systems, processes and people to safeguard personal data, business infrastructure and their clients. Recent events in the UK have tested organisations and businesses, but it s a testament to their approach to cybersecurity that there has been minimal impact in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire s businesses are increasingly exposed to cyber-attacks, accidental breaches, and an ever-changing regulatory environment, according to Thomas Chappelow of Nimbox, which specialises in protecting confidential data. Mr Chappelow said: According to the Government s 2017 Cyber Security Breaches Survey, just under half of all UK businesses admitted at least one cybersecurity breach or attack in the last 12 months . This number rises to two-thirds among medium-sized and large firms . In short, cyber-breaches affect most businesses. We are living in an age of big data , whether we re prepared for it or not . We re all collecting more and more data, without necessarily adapting our business systems and processes to protect.

We started our company in Yorkshire, because we saw an opportunity to tap into the huge pool of both qualified and aspiring and I dare say, underused cyber-professionals in the region . In Leeds, we have access to three university cybersecurity centres, filled with academics who produce valuable research into the issues we re all facing; a vibrant technology hub; and a specialist police unit that helps businesses to fight back against the tide of attacks.

Gogglebox viewers watch Hull security guard on Naked Attraction

He set tongues wagging when he stripped off for Channel 4 dating show Naked Attraction. And now Hull security guard Sam1 has caught the attention of Gogglebox viewers. On Friday night’s episode of the show – which films people commenting on the week’s biggest TV shows – the Gogglebox gang settled down to watch Naked Attraction.

And their verdict had viewers cracking up.

Viewer Ellie said: “I love this programme.”

While Gogglebox veteran June was filmed saying: “Oh my God, what’s this?”

Friends Mary and Marina, from Bristol, discussed how their friends watch the show, including Peggy, “who’s 90-odd”. Celebrity comic Alan Carr also joined in on the Twitter action. He was particularly amused by Mary’s reaction when she compared Sam to a “thumb”.

Mary had said: “Oh no, I can’t watch this, it’s demeaning.”

Giles then revealed he had previously watched the programme before his wife again said it was “intrusive”. But when Sam came on screen, she said: “What does he look like, he looks like a thumb.”

When the naked men were revealed, Hull Googlebox-er Jenny wrinkled her nose and said: “Ooh look at that.”

One of the viewers shielded his face and said: “I can’t watch this…we’ve got f****** widescreen as well, what’s going on!”

In the original show, Sam went on a date with psychology student Alesia which ended in a very awkward confrontation. Alesia got the ball rolling by asking Sam to tell her about himself.

He said: I m 31, born and raised in Hull, that s about it really . Not much of a back story. When she asked him what the city is like, he replied: It s just home to me. She tried to get a bit more out of him, saying: When I think of Yorkshire, I think of grass, animals

But Sam simply laughed and replied: There s buildings, brick buildings.

During a break in the date, she told the camera: He s not talking, I m not getting anything from him . I m bored out my head . It s just bland . There s no I dunno.

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However, he had a different view, saying: She s smiling, the conversation s flowing, so she s enjoying it hopefully. They moved on to another bar at Alesia s suggestion to try and get a bit more bubbly and she said the change of atmosphere made a difference.

I m warming to him, she told the camera.

And it seems Sam agreed.

Yeah, there s been flirty chat, smiles, winks, that sort of thing, he said . There could be something there, I think. Sam was then seen moving in for a kiss and the couple left the bar. But six weeks later, it seemed it was a different story.

The couple said an awkward hello, before Alesia said: It s just a bit weird isn t it, because we kind of clicked . You kissed me and I ve not heard anything back – I don t know how to take that, to be honest. He responded by saying: I don t know what to reply to that, I kind of went with the flow and then that was it for me, I m afraid.

For me, it s the distance, where we live and it s not gonna work for me so I thought why keep in touch?

Alesia said: Just be polite and say that, seeing as though you do have my number, you could have said it s not gonna work .

We re just not compatible, you know.

References

  1. ^ Hull security guard Sam (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)