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Companies warned over cyber security risk

A fast-growing Edinburgh-based fintech company aims to uncover key concerns around the evolving cyber threat landscape in Scotland at an event on the sector being held in Glasgow this week. The Future of Cyber Security Scotland Conference is taking place on Thursday and issues lined up for discussion include reducing risk and ensuring compliance, data breaches on the so-called dark web and encouraging a better gender balance in the industry. Among speakers and panellists are Don Randall, former head of security and chief information security officer of the Bank of England, and Alisdair Matheson, partner at law firm Brodies. Also on the list is Stephen Budd, product manager specialising in data solutions at cyber security specialist ZoneFox, a spin-out from Edinburgh Napier University. The firm s founder and chief executive Jamie Graves told Scotland on Sunday: As a Scottish company, I am delighted that we are able to partner with the conference to share knowledge across the cyber community in Scotland and educate on the best strategies and technologies to identify threats and reduce risk. Failure to protect sensitive information in the current business climate has serious consequences from reputational damage to huge financial loss, to the fallout for individuals that comes with the leak of their personal information. The firm will discuss whether Scotland is ready for general data protection regulation (GDPR), which comes into force in 2018 and will impose strict new rules on the way organisations collect, store and use personal data.

A recent study found that nearly half of UK firms were not ready for it coming into effect. Graves added that with the forthcoming GDPR, pressure has never been so high on organisations to safeguard their data and monitor its movement. As well as the increasing amount of state attacks and large organisations being breached, there have never been more attacks on businesses by cyber-criminals than we are seeing today, but, worryingly, knowledge and awareness about how to prevent such attacks is still very low. ZoneFox will present to delegates on the likes of how user behaviour analytics and machine learning can highlight threats to an organisation before they turn into incidents . Police Scotland, one of the conference s backers, said this month that there have been 34 ransomware attacks in Scotland in the past year, including 13 on NHS health boards on 13 May.

The conference s organiser is OSP Security Professionals, which last year took the Global Security & Cyber summit to Aberdeen, where it was predicted that oil and gas and the NHS were perfect targets for cyber hacks .

Former BRPD Chief discusses legislative security

BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL33) (FOX44) – Former Police Chief Pat Englade is speaking out after learning Congressman Steve Scalise was struck by a bullet this morning in Virginia. Englade also talks about security presence for our state legislators. According to Englade, what happened to Congressman Steve Scalise has become a norm.

“It’s almost becoming a daily thing now,” he said. “If it’s not one mass shooting, it’s another. Englade says there is no solution to this ongoing problem even though Baton Rouge’s legislators have heavy security presence. “We need to certainly be more aware of (our) surroundings,” he said. “I know that is a known cliche that the police say all the time.”

He later referenced the deadly ambush on local law enforcement last summer. “We just lived through last year; one of the most horrific year in Baton Rouge,” he said. “Someone called in and said a man was walking with a rifle on Airline Highway and of course that spurred a lot of police reaction.” In Baton Rouge, the state police protect our local legislators and former law enforcement officials are assigned to ensure state representatives and senators remain safe. Governor John Bel Edwards is currently protected by state troopers . According to Englade, two sets of security protect the House of Representatives and Senate. Englade doesn’t see any solution to gun violence in Baton Rouge anytime soon.

“Theres not a thing an average person can do,” he said. “They call the police . They (are) attentive and we let the police do what they are paid to do .

There is not an answer to this unfortunately.”

Close Protection Medical Standards 2017

Close Protection Medical Standards 2017Hello All, I would like to ask a question regarding pre-employment medical screening for close protection jobs. What type of information do you have to disclose on a pre-employment questionnaire? Are there any bars or specifics that would stop you from taking on a CP role?

I have completed pre-employment health / medical questionnaires in the past, but not for close protection officer positions, is there a lot of difference? Does anyone have an example of what is asked or required? Lastly, when some companies and organisations ask for a pre-employment medical do they just want you to complete the paperwork and return it with maybe confirmation from your g.p?

Or do some companies have a policy that they want you to complete a medical with a medical professional of their choosing? All experiences and information regarding these issues would be much appreciated, especially from guys who have worked maybe for more than one company in a CP role. Thanks in advance.


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