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IT Complexity, Insider Threats, and an Abundance of Privileged Users Plague U.S. Public Sector Cyber Readiness

Survey points to lack of cyber confidence and organisational maturity across U.S. public sector

SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced the findings of its sixth annual U.S. Public Sector Cybersecurity Survey Report*. This year’s survey includes responses from 400 IT operations and security decision makers, including 200

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The rise of the connected car

Paul Moorby, Managing Director, Chipside

Connected cars are one of the most hyped technologies in the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) sphere, sending and receiving real time information from the world around them. Not only can they connect with people and emergency services, they can also be connected to other cars and the road network’s

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ibml unveils world’s fastest, ultra-high-volume, intelligent scanner: the ibml FUSiON, the most comprehensive intelligent information capture solution

ibml processes high-volume government documents for stringent, mission-critical needs, meeting the highest quality and security standards across many departments in a secure, safe environment

New product offers transformative solutions for outdated information management processes

Imaging Business Machines, LLC (ibml), the leading global provider of intelligent information capture solutions, unveiled its next generation of ultra-high-volume

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Statement from the SoE following speculation that the media should be held responsible for the tragic death of Caroline Flack

The Society of Editors has issued the following statement after speculation that the media should be held responsible for the tragic death of TV personality Caroline Flack.

The death of Caroline Flack is indeed a tragedy, as is the case when anyone feels they have nowhere to turn and decide to take their

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Latest updates on ministerial appointments

Latest updates as Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes government appointments:

The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the appointment of:

Lord Callanan as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Gillian Keegan MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Education.

Paul

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Storms Ciara & Dennis: Multi-million pound cut to local services responding

Fire and rescue services battling Storm Ciara have had their annual funding cut by £141.5 million over the last four years, according to Fire Brigades Union (FBU) analysis of England’s local government finance settlement coming before Parliament today (Wednesday 12 February).

The worst storm-hit areas in England – Cumbria, West Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester

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Mayor of Greater Manchester reacts to HS2 announcement

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, has responded to the government’s confirmation that the HS2 high-speed rail link will be built, the first phase between London and Birmingham with a second phase going onto Manchester and Leeds.

Mr Burnham said: “The Prime Minister has today listened and gone a considerable distance towards the case

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The Smart City Protocol Continues to Spread in Many Countries

Simon Dunkley, Secretary General TALQ Consortium, showing the TALQ symbol

The TALQ Consortium is continuing to certify further products as TALQ-compliant and, by doing so, will guarantee interoperability among systems from different vendors. At the beginning of 2020 the number of certified Central Management Software (CMS) and Outdoor Device Networks (ODN / gateways) totals

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allpay Renews Place on Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) EPS Framework

allpay, a leading UK payment specialist, has renewed its place on the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) Electronic Payment Services framework following a detailed tender process.

Rob McCloy, Head of Sales (North), allpay explains: “Frameworks are now an everyday tool for social housing procurement. The NHC offers a range of services to its members of Housing

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Competition for emergency service cadets encourages young film-makers to shout out for safer roads

Brake, the road safety charity, has launched an exciting new competition to inspire young people to raise awareness and campaign for safer roads.

Brake’s Project24 competition, in partnership with Coop Insurance, asks 11-18 year-olds to create their own 24-second short film that raises awareness about a road safety subject of their choice.

The title ‘Project24’

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FCHO is investing 80k to help alleviate food poverty in Oldham

Community Impact Managers Bev Bertenshaw and Dave Brereton unloading the van

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A housing association has invested over £80,000 to combat poverty among its customers on low incomes and bring a discounted food service to their local communities.

First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) has partnered with Manchester-based food surplus redistribution charity, The

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Exclusion of media critics from Downing Street briefings sets dangerous precedent, warns Chartered Institute of Journalists

The Chartered Institute of Journalists has condemned the government’s crass and immature bullying of journalists and warns that it needs to ‘grow up’ and show respect for media freedom.

Institute President, Janice Shillum, says: “Only authoritarian governments snarl at the media and retaliate against criticism with threats and petty restrictions. So it is of immense

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Triple appointment to Institute of Economic Development Board

Wakefield Council regeneration and economic growth expert appointed to IED Board

Tom Stannard, Corporate Director for Regeneration and Economic Growth at Wakefield Council, has joined the Institute of Economic Development (IED) Board of Directors.

In a career spanning over 20 years Tom has worked in a variety of economic development, regeneration and policy roles in

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‘Go Ultra Low’ status achieved as 2025 all-electric car target set by Nottingham-based McCann

Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann has committed to making its entire fleet of company cars all-electric by the year 2025 – after the business recently achieved ‘Go Ultra Low’ status.

McCann has already invested heavily in the future of its fleet of company cars over the previous 12 months – making 53% of

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