In the UK, Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) is defined by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) as ‘Those critical elements of Infrastructure (facilities, systems, sites, property, information, people, networks and processes), the loss or compromise of which would result in a major detrimental impact on the availability, delivery or integrity of essential services, leading to severe economic or social consequences or to loss of life.’ This encompasses thirteen sectors: chemicals, civil nuclear, communications, defence, emergency services, energy, finance, food, government, health, space, transport, and water.
Today Fluidata has announced the investment in its business by Rigby Group plc. Rigby Group is the parent company for a portfolio of privately owned and highly successful businesses operating across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The £2 billion business, owned by Sir Peter Rigby, has interests in the technology, airports, hotels, real estate, financial and aviation sectors. Among Rigby Group businesses is Europe’s principal independent technology provider SCC.
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As is quite often the case in the world of technology, the year ahead will be full of change in terms of popular services and applications, and especially so for businesses.
Upon reflection, 2013, feels less of a momentous year than previous ones, both inside and outside of our industry. It wasn't sprinkled with the added piquancy a London Olympics brings, it wasn't a year of new products launches or technologies. The 'cloud' continued to gather pace, to a point where it has now entered the mainstream. 'Big Data' and the 'Internet of things' progressed from new fangled industry terms to something more tangible; where their impact can be observed and understood by everyday users. They could soon be developments that change everyday lives - with Allseen Alliance close to establishing an open source framework capable of connecting almost anything to the Internet. BYOD exploded; with 7/10 employees now using their own devices.
Employee data theft is on the rise. Reports last month, based on EMV research, tell us the number of thefts of confidential information cases heard at the high court has risen by 58% in the last year and by a staggering 5,000% since 2006.
Two weeks ago, with the skyline of London and other cities across the UK slowly filling with the black smoke of burning cars and buildings, many were speculating about how much damage the riots would cause - both economically and socially. We often think about the immediate effects of the damage, i.e. loss of destroyed or looted stock, reduction in trading hours, but it seems that some of our retail clients and SME’s were also considering the cost of losing corporate data in such an event.
Recent client meetings have illustrated to me how far work practices and methods have progressed in a very short period time and how the ‘information age’ as the experts term it, continues to accelerate at frightening pace.