• ICO slashes Marriott breach fine to £18.4m

    The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined hotel company Marriott £18.4m under the General Data Protection…

    Regulation (GDPR) over the 2014 cyber attack on its Starwood chain that saw 393 million customer records compromised. The revised fine is an 81% reduction on the initial sum of £99m.

    The latest reduction comes just a fortnight after British Airways succeeded in arguing a £183m data protection fine down to £20m, reflecting the steps the airline subsequently took to rectify gaps in its security posture, as well as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The ICO said today that the reduction

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  • How one scaleup pivoted to cyber

    Vivida was never meant to be a cyber security business really, says founder Simeon Quarrie. A storyteller at heart,…

    Quarrie founded and built his young virtual reality (VR) scaleup with the objective of using interactivity to change business cultures.

    He saw some early success creating scenarios that put employees in situations that are impossible to replicate in reality, such as escaping a burning building for fire safety training, or being put in the shoes of a black man in a corporate environment for diversity training.

    “I wasn’t born into it, right?” he says. “If I’m completely honest, the subject

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  • Makers and Generation UK to train underrepresented talent

    Makers and Generation UK have announced a partnership to teach coding to underrepresented groups in the UK’s technology sector.

    Coding bootcamp Makers and not-for-profit Generation UK will be working together to deliver a programme to impart software engineering skills to young people who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Claudia Harris, CEO of Makers, said: “Generation UK and Makers share the same goal – to change lives. Both organisations help people from all walks of life to train in technology and build successful careers.

    “This partnership with Generation UK enhances our service offering by connecting us to a pool of exceptional talent

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  • NetApp boosts NVMe, QLC and container hybrid cloud offer

    At its Insight event this week, NetApp launched four flash and non-volatile memory express-based (NVMe-based) hardware storage products, as well as container-centric enhancements to its hybrid cloud storage offerings.

    The hardware products target mission-critical workloads with all-NVMe, high-volume unstructured workloads via NVMe QLC flash; upgrades to its Ontap storage operating system to version 9.8, which allows for S3 object storage connectivity; and a new E-series array with all-NVMe media.

    Meanwhile, NetApp has added its Spot container resource management capability to its Cloud Manager hybrid- and multi-cloud storage control plane.

    The first new hardware offering is the AFF

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  • Ikea on how Google Cloud has helped it cope with Covid-induced shifts in customer demand

    The pandemic has caused huge, persistent shifts in consumer behaviour, as government lockdowns across the globe have forced shops, schools, offices and entertainment venues to close, and left people largely confined to their own homes.

    As a result, people’s homes are now having to double up as workspaces, as well as places where they can comfortably spend their leisure time.

    Being able to rapidly respond to these trends is a challenge the technology team at Swedish home furnishing giant Ikea Retail found itself having to rise to at the start of the pandemic, as detailed by the firm’s chief digital

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  • Highly unusual hacking attack directly threatens therapy patients

    In what has been described as  a “highly unusual ransomware case”, a hacker is demanding money directly from patients after an electronics patients record (EPR) system in Finland was hacked.

    According to news reports, private psychotherapy clinic Vastaamo was broken into and the therapist notes for up to 40,000 patients were stolen. It is believed that the hacker tried to extort money from the company first. When it refused, the hacker began emailing the patients whose medical records and therapy notes were stolen, asking each person for €200 ransom paid by bitcoin.

    In a tweet, Mikko Hyppönen, chief research officer

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