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Phishing is now your biggest cyber threat

18 Mar 2019 | Written by: stevengodfrey

Two reasons why not being caught by phishing is important to your organisation… Ransomware is a huge threat to businesses. Before it poses a threat the ransomware has to find its way onto your systems.  Phishing is often the method of choice for delivering the malicious code to your network – which is why it […]

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Paying with plastic

14 Mar 2019 | Written by: stevengodfrey

2017 saw the number of debit card purchases overtake the number of cash purchases for the first time. An independent review into the changing role of cash in the UK found the following:   98% of UK adults have a credit card (32.3m credit cards/51.1m debit cards) The average credit card transaction is £53.55 The […]

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The perils of using consumer messaging apps for business

10 Mar 2019 | Written by: stevengodfrey

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort thought his encrypted WhatsApp messages were safe from FBI investigators, forgetting they could be retrieved from each recipient.  Moreover, Mr Manafort’s WhatsApp was configured to automatically backup to iCloud.  Deleting messages on a single device did not destroy them entirely as Mr Manafort discovered. A recent survey suggested that […]

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Protecting your supply chain with AI

06 Mar 2019 | Written by: stevengodfrey

Data security In October 2018 Bloomberg Businessweek ran a story about how – allegedly – Amazon and Apple discovered the security of their data servers had been potentially compromised by the addition of tiny additional microchips which shouldn’t have been there.  The main supplier was considered safe – a major American manufacturer and one of […]

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6th April apprenticeship deadline

03 Mar 2019 | Written by: stevengodfrey

Do you have apprenticeship funding which needs to be spent by April 6th or lost forever ? What is the apprenticeship levy ? Introduced on 6th April 2017 the apprenticeship levy was intended to plug the UK’s skills gap by increasing the appetite for vocational training. Why was it introduced ? In 2017 the UK […]

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Are you up to speed with tomorrow’s trends ?

01 Mar 2019 | Written by: stevengodfrey

Accenture’s Technology Vision 2019 report gives insight into what we can expect in 2019 and beyond.  Here is our layman’s guide to some major trends: Customisation B2C customers are increasingly – particularly at the upper price point – demanding personalisation and customisation of their purchases along with rapid delivery times.  Japan’s online clothing retailer Zozo […]

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Big data in the hospitality sector

24 Feb 2019 | Written by: stevengodfrey

The UK hotel industry ended 2018 on a high note but we still lag behind Europe.  Can Big Data help us close that gap ? Adobe Digital Insights (ADI) report that ‘70% of Millennials would rather spend on amazing experiences than on tangible items’.  This obviously creates a massive opportunity for the hospitality sector – […]

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Nearly 9 months since GDPR – a difficult birth ?

20 Feb 2019 | Written by: stevengodfrey

Who has been fined – and what for ? DLA Piper – a US law practice – has published an analysis of the first 8 months of GDPR.  Some points of note are as follows: 59,000 notifiable breaches involving personal data were reported to EU regulators since May 2018, with The Netherlands, Germany and the […]

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AI and the law

16 Feb 2019 | Written by: stevengodfrey

As far back as 2016, researchers at UCL London along with Sheffield and Pennsylvania universities created an AI system which predicted the outcomes of 584 real-world cases from the European Court of Human Rights to an accuracy of 79%. A US study pitted 20 top US corporate law professionals with decades of relevant experience against […]

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National Living Wage goes up on April 1st

14 Feb 2019 | Written by: stevengodfrey

The National Living Wage (‘NLW’) sets the statutory minimum hourly rate for workers aged 25 and over.  On April 1st it will increase from £7.83 to £8.21 per hour (an increase of 4.9%).  Hourly rates for worker aged under 25 will also increase by more than inflation.  A full-time minimum wage worker has seen their […]

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