THE SECURITY Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG) has again reiterated the need for improved real-world cyber resilience within businesses to protect themselves from the ongoing prevalence of cyber attacks. The organisation’s pronouncement follows the publication of the latest Government Cyber Security Breaches Survey, which finds that 39% of UK businesses have experienced a cyber attack in the past 12 months (the same percentage, in fact, that was unearthed in last year’s study).
LIBERTY’S “LANDMARK” litigation against the UK’s mass surveillance laws – dubbed the Snoopers’ Charter – has taken a further step forward after the Government admitted that its safeguards are inadequate and judges ordered the case to proceed. On Friday 8 April, the High Court approved Liberty’s application to appeal parts of a judgement handed down in July 2019 over the lawfulness of “bulk” surveillance powers.
POLICE SCOTLAND has become the first UK police force to implement UAV video technology with the capability to live-stream from drones and helicopters. The newly deployed ExStream UAV Streamer, developed by Excelerate Technology, was customised to improve situational awareness across air-to-ground operations, solving the long-term issue of the feed only being visible to a single operator or otherwise a ground-based unit.
Security and preparedness need to be built into London’s fabric and effective protection against terrorist attack must be a city-wide endeavour, concluded Lord Toby Harris in a second review of London’s preparedness for a terrorist attack and implications of the covid-19 pandemic for the capital’s immediate and long-term preparedness. Lord Harris has made 294 recommendations; covering funding of the emergency services and equipment; specialist training for teams to deal with types of attacks, and improving information sharing, given the shared responsibility of countering terrorism, including by businesses and civil society.