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Wearable Technology Show

The Wearable Technology Show 2015

In case you missed it – a video on why this is the biggest event for wearable technology anywhere in the world. Filmed over two days in March 2015 at London’s Excel.


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TED Talks

What’s next in 3D printing

Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers.

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Health and Social Care Act 2012: fact sheets

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As the new health and social care bill comes to fruition the government has published a updated a series of useful fact sheets that help explain different elements of the reform bill for those interested.

Link to the very useful fact sheets…

 


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Communications Data Bill published

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The UK Government has just published is proposed Communications Data Bill, a new regulatory framework refreshing the old Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) to ensure law enforcement agencies maintain the ability to tackle crime and terrorism as criminals use modern technology and new ways of communicating to plan and commit crime.

The main point of concern already being raised is that the powers will ensure that all data communication sent via mobile phones, emails and other Internet based means will be recorded for all citizens, and stored for a period of time.

Whilst tracking and storage of all communications might actually be necessary to identify those elements of society undertaking or planning to undertake criminal or terrorist activity, the safeguards that are to be in place to ensure the privacy of the law abiding citizen is protected, are not detailed enough to close this debate.

The publication website offers the following summary on the proposed bill, that new legislation will help ensure police can stay a step ahead of the criminals. But it will not:

  • enable unfettered access by the police to data about everyone’s communications
  • provide the police and others with powers to intercept and read your emails, phone calls or check your contacts lists
  • create a single government database containing your emails and phone calls to which the police and agencies can get unlimited and unregulated access
  • weaken current safeguards or checks in place to protect communications data
  • allow local authorities greater powers

The site goes on to provide commentary from a number of senior law enforcement professionals under the heading “protecting the public”, including:

  • Association of Chief Police Officers crime head Jon Murphy chief constable of Merseyside Police
  • Child Exploitation & Online Protection Chief Executive Peter Davies
  • SOCA Director General Trevor Pearce

One cannot help that an additional heading entitled “Protecting the Publics Privacy” with statement from the likes of the Information Commissioner and perhaps one or two privacy pressure groups on the basis of their being briefed and satisfied that privacy controls being implemented in support of the bill would do a lot to head of concern.

Whilst there can be little doubt of the need to ensure investigation and intelligence capabilities need to be able to keep pace with technology developments, however the lack of up-front assurance aimed at addressing what should be reasonably anticipated, specifically concerns on privacy, is somewhat perplexing?

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UK Gov Communications Data Bill publication


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Courion Selects eCulture Solutions as Key Solution Partner

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NHS specialist will focus on providing Courion’s solutions to manage access governance across UK

London, UK 6th June 2011 — Courion Corporation, the leading provider of access risk management solutions that help organizations cost effectively deal with compliance and security risk, has selected eCulture Solutions as a Solution Partner in the UK to offer healthcare trusts the ability to improve their risk management strategies with automated identity and access governance (IAG) solutions.

eCulture Solutions specialises in providing IAG solutions to healthcare organisations and is an expert in serving NHS foundations in particular. The organisation is well-versed in the details of the Information Governance Toolkit — the NHS standard from Connecting for Health — which describes the required safeguards for, and appropriate use of, patient and personal information. By partnering with Courion to offer best-in-class user access management and compliance solutions, eCulture Solutions can help Trusts to define, assess, enforce and verify their access policies so that all user access is appropriate and compliant with policies.

“We’ve found that Courion’s Access Assurance Suite™ addresses the guidelines set out by the NHS Information Governance Toolkit to safeguard personal health information more comprehensively than any other provider,” said Paul White, managing director of eCulture Solutions. “Courion brings a wealth of expertise and understanding to the table. The company has been identified by Gartner as a Leader in this space for the past few years and has a very clear IAG focus. It is very refreshing for our customers to see a suite that is truly fit for this purpose.”

“As well as monitoring users for accidental or malicious use of data, Courion’s User Activity Manager integrates identity with reports and alerts, merging a unique identity profile to user activity information, so that managers are able to identify users who are not making full use of the systems at their disposal.” added White.

“Confidential data, and access to it, is of huge importance for all UK government departments,” said Marc Lee, EMEA sales director at Courion. “With eCulture Solutions, we have a partner that understands what NHS managers specifically need, and what the Information Governance Toolkit requires, at a very detailed level.”

Courion’s unique approach to identity, access and compliance management ensures that only the right people have the right access to the right resources and are doing the right things. Access Assurance unifies Access Governance, Access Compliance and Access Provisioning in the most complex, heterogeneous environments. This comprehensive approach increases operational efficiency and transparency, strengthens security, and improves compliance, while delivering the industry’s fastest time to value and lowest total cost of ownership.

About Courion

Courion’s award-winning Access Assurance Suite solutions are used by more than 450 organizations and over 12 million users worldwide to quickly and easily solve their most complex identity and access management (password management, provisioning, and role management), risk and compliance challenges. Courion’s business-driven approach results in unparalleled customer success by ensuring users’ access rights and activities are compliant with policy while supporting both security and business objectives. For more information, please visit our website at www.courion.com, our blog at blog.courion.com, or on Twitter at twitter.com/Courion.


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