Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

Registration opens for the first CYBERUK conference in Northern Ireland

More companies across the UK join Digital Security by Design to test and learn from prototype cyber security technology

Jermaine Jenas, Myleene Klass, Georgia Kousoulou amongst public figures backing Online Safety Bill as new research reveals social media companies should be doing more to protect children online

INFOGRAPHIC: Silent Night Cyber Security Checklist
Cyber security specialist Digital Craftsmen has put together a Christmas security checklist to help public sector organisations enjoy Silent Nights over the festive period.

Cyber-attacks on public sector organisations of all sizes increase around public holidays, when they are less well resourced or not as focused on security as usual, and offer the perfect chance for cyber criminals to attack.Ransomware attacks can increase by 30% over the festive period.

What’s certain is that during the Christmas holiday season, employees tend to let their guard down;therefore,we urge public sector bosses to remind their employees to be vigilant. 

This 5-point checklistcovers what employees and IT directors should do to protect their IT systems at Christmas before switching off the lights and hitting the mulled wine and mince pies.

Editor’s choice of Health, Social Care & Homelessness related items of note:

How to help someone sleeping rough in freezing weather

Government turbocharges efforts to tackle COVID-19 backlogs

Parents of under-fives and pregnant women reminded of flu eligibility as hospitalisations rise

Action to bolster NHS workforce and retain senior doctors

Patients to carry out health checks in comfort of own home to ease pressure on frontline services

NHS expands mental health crisis services this winter

NHS marks world first Covid-19 jab with booster plea ahead of Christmas

NHS makes progress on long waits despite winter pressures surge

We can and should go further to reduce air pollution says Chief Medical Officer

NHS encourages most vulnerable people to covid to get jabbed for winter

NHS Confederation responds to announcement on ambulance strike dates

NHS Confederation responds to the latest performance statistics & winter situation report

Editor’s choice of Business / Commercial items of note:

The King celebrates the 40th anniversary of Business in the Community

Wealthy Russian businessman arrested on suspicion of multiple offences

Compensation scheme for postmasters who helped expose Post Office Horizon scandal unveiled by Business Secretary

No new year cheer for UK economy with productivity and business investment weakening – CBI Economic Forecast

Business Secretary launches review to prevent small firms from being ripped off by larger companies

Five businesses fined a total of £435,000 for making nearly half a million unlawful marketing calls

The future for global trade in a changing climate

UK kicks off process to negotiate new trade deal with South Korea

Trade Minister kicks off multi-state US tour to boost state-level trade ties

FCA publishes Decision Notices against three bond traders for market manipulation

First Freeports launched in major economic boost

Economic value of the UK’s individual trees revealed for first time

IPPR - A ‘universal childcare guarantee’ for children up to 11 would boost economy by extra £13 billion a year, report finds

Editor’s choice of Policy & General items of note:

Ministry of Defence confirms the death of Private Josh Kennington

UK Government hub Tŷ William Morgan officially opened

Modernising ageing digital services

WBA CHRB 2022: How can the ICT sector translate human rights commitments into action?

Investment to shield schools from high energy bills and boost to budgets

UK orders thousands more anti-tank weapons to bolster stockpiles

Talking 5 with Local Public Services Member Me Learning

NCA plays crucial role in huge Atlantic cocaine seizure

IEA - The RMT’s Christmas chaos threatens the future of British rail

IEA - Approval of the Whitehaven coal mine is welcome but further deregulation is needed

Potential jury misdirection results in conviction being referred back to the courts

LGA responds to latest ONS smoking habits figures

Monitor farm project develops global offering

Some water companies investing less than half of their allowances to improve water network

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