Nadine Dorries password sharing among her staff is in violation of Parliament s cyber security policy. The Conservative MP revealed she shares her Parliamentary digital log ins with around four members of staff1 in order to handle the high volume of virtual correspondence she receives every day.
In common with other organisations, Parliament has a cyber security policy that applies to all users of its digital services, including Members, their staff and parliamentary staff, a Parliamentary spokesperson told i . In line with good practice, this policy includes a requirement not to share passwords.
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Ms Dorries made the comments on Twitter as she defended Damian Green, who is currently facing calls to step down as the investigation into whether he viewed pornography on his work laptop2 intensifies.
My staff log onto my computer on my desk with my login every day . Including interns on exchange programmes, she said . For the officer on BBC News just now to claim that the computer on Green s desk was accessed, and therefore it was Green is utterly preposterous! In response to an online backlash berating her for poor security practices, Ms Dorries attempted to downplay her importance in Westminster, adding: You don t have a team of four to six staff answering the 300 emails you receive every day.
Flattered by number of people on here who think I m part of the Government and have access to government docs .
I m a back bench MP two Westminster-based computers in a shared office, she later added.
On my computer, there is a shared email account . That s it . Nothing else . Sorry to disappoint ! All my staff have my login details . A frequent shout when I manage to sit at my desk myself is, what is the password?
Amber Rudd: not a fan of encryption (Photo: Getty)
Fellow Tory MP Nick Boles weighed in to offer his support, adding I often forget my password and have to ask my staff what it is, while James Clayton, a producer for the BBC s Newsnight, claimed it is extremely common for MPs to share their parliamentary login details with their staff . The House of Commons was hit by a sustained cyber attack in June3, targeting MP accounts with weak passwords and blocking their owners from accessing them.
A handbook for MPs and their staff4 even explicitly states passwords should not be shared, a sentiment echoed by the House of Commons Staff Handbook on Information Security Responsibilities5. The same advice is recommended by cyber security experts the fewer people in possession of a password, the more secure the account will be.
The cyber security industry makes the point about human fallibility time and again for obvious reasons . Passwords tend to be one of the basics when training staff in cyber security and for good reason, as shared or re-used passwords create weaknesses in an organisations cyber defence, said Tony Pepper, chief executive of data security company Eggress.
From there, a creative attacker can move sideways through a network, implement phishing attacks or undertake any number of malicious actions .
An enterprise can deploy all the advanced tech it likes to track, stop and forensically analyse attacks but if people make mistakes, these are neutered.
- ^ shares her Parliamentary digital log ins with around four members of staff (inews.co.uk)
- ^ viewed pornography on his work laptop (inews.co.uk)
- ^ sustained cyber attack in June (inews.co.uk)
- ^ handbook for MPs and their staff (www.parliament.uk)
- ^ House of Commons Staff Handbook on Information Security Responsibilities (www.parliament.uk)
Glamorous Doria, a yoga instructor, was wearing a black long-sleeved dress and a head scarf for her day out, during which she was flanked by a burly security guard dressed in jeans and a checked shirt. Security was seen outside the 61-year-old’s Los Angeles home while US actress Meghan, who quit legal drama Suits after her engagement was announced, gave an interview alongside her new fiance.
Doria was spotted with a security detail after news of her daughters engagement broke (Image: Splash News) Harry and Meghan announced their engagement on Monday (Image: REX/Shutterstock)
The man was also seen helping Doria to her car and holding the door open for her.
It comes after Meghan, 36, revealed her plans to become a UK citizen before she and Harry3 exchange their vows next May. But it looks like she’s going to have to brush up on her knowledge quite a lot before then.
When quizzed on ‘Britishisms’ last year by TV Channel Dave, she only managed to get a measly four out of 15 questions about Britain right. The quiz starts with her having to guess which answer is a genuine ale . She nails it as three out of five are correct, but most of the remaining questions leave her well and truly baffled.
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Next, Meghan is asked which four places are real locations in the UK – she chose the only one that isn’t a real place. She also didn’t know the UK word for ‘sidewalk’ and said Vegemite was more popular than Marmite. Following the test, she admits defeat, saying: “I think I lost .
I think I was the worst at this game.”
In a briefing yesterday afternoon, the royal couple confirmed the wedding of the year will take place at St George s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May.
Meghan’s glamorous mum is a yoga instructor (Image: Splash News) A security guard holds Doria’s car door for her (Image: Splash News)
It was revealed that Meghan intends to become a British citizen – but will also retain her American citizenship. Additional details about exact date, the size of the wedding party, bridesmaids and best men are still firmly under wraps, but the pair revealed the Queen will attend. Meghan will get the chance to get to know Britain better as she joins Prince Harry on their first joint official engagement as a royal couple on Friday.
Private equity giant Thoma Bravo has agreed today to buy Barracuda Networks1 in a take-private deal that s valued at $1.6 billion . The company was offered $27.55 per share, about 16% above Friday s close. Though above Barracuda s 52-week high, the price is down from the over $40 per share where the stock was trading in 2015 . Barracuda went public in 2013. Campbell, California-based Barracuda, which competes with Palo Alto Networks and Symantec, provides security for cloud-connected networks and applications .
The company touts clients like Boeing, Microsoft and the U.S . Department of Defense. 2Barracuda says it has over 150,000 customers.
We believe the proposed transaction offers an opportunity for us to accelerate our growth with our industry-leading security platform that s purpose-built for highly distributed, diverse cloud and hybrid environments, said BJ Jenkins, chief executive officer of Barracuda, in a statement . We will continue Barracuda s tradition of delivering easy-to-use, full-featured solutions that can be deployed in the way that makes sense for our customers. The deal is expected to close by the end of February. Founded in 2003, Barracuda Networks raised at least $46 million in venture funding prior to its IPO .
Sequoia Capital and Francisco Partners were amongst its largest shareholders at the time it went public. Thoma Bravo is a Chicago and San Franciso-based private equity giant with $17 billion under management . Other portfolio companies include Compuware, McAfee and SailPoint, which recently went public.3
Private equity firms began more aggressively buying up software companies last year, their apparent thinking being that they can generate reliable returns from such investments . The biggest take-private deals in the last 18 months include the sale of U.S . data analytics firm Qlik Technologies to Thoma Bravo for about $3 billion4 in June 2016; Marketo, a marketing software giant that went public in 2013 and was taken private again by Vista Equity Partners last year for $1.79 billion5 in cash; and the sale of event-management company Cvent last year to Vista Equity Partners in a $1.65 billion6 deal.
Morgan Stanley advised Barracuda on the deal . Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and UBS worked with Thoma Bravo. Here s a look at Barracuda s stock chart, since it went public about four years ago.
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