In 2012, the BCS SCoE produced a Position Paper on the subject of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to ensure that the issues being raised by the phenomenon were on the radar of our membership and the wider audience we serve. In the intervening years, there has been much technological development and many incidents and breaches which bear out the concerns expressed at the time, but also that change the focus of the agenda. The technology has improved, the defences have improved – but the hacks have also improved. The risk has been increasing exponentially – but sadly the security issues have not been adequately addressed nor resolved and thus we continue to have a future founded on sand.
Over the last few decades’ new research from the fields of neuroscience and social psychology has shed light onto the working of the human brain and the concept of unconscious bias. Unconscious biases are simply our unintentional people preferences, which are created and maintained by thewayourbrainswork,tosortdataquicklyand are influencedbyourupbringing,themedia and ourlifeexperiences.
There will be a general election in 2015. In preparation many bodies have produced manifestos to try to influence government policy in the IT space. Are they asking for the right things? Brian Runciman MBCS reports on some of the manifestos and highlights some BCS reaction from a recent policy meeting.
The Internet of Things (IoT) - Everyday objects increasingly contain embedded technology (e.g. sensors) to communicate, sense and interact with the environment in which they are placed, with humans, and with remote information systems. As more information is produced these objects will interact between themselves with the aim to improve the quality of human life. An example - Your car detects from a tyre sensor that the tread depth will be illegal in around 200 miles and will need replacing in one week’s time based on your driving habits in the last seven days. The car interacts with a system that you have permitted to interact with it, and automatically books an appointment at the local service centre and orders the exact tyre required from the supplier offering the best price.
9 February 2016
Friday, 18 March 2016
Following Data Protection Day last Thursday, it seems like the perfect opportunity to announce the publication of the ICO’s revised Privacy notices code of practice for consultation. The consultation will be running for 8 weeks and we are very keen to get your feedback.