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Technology

Could Augmented Reality Save the High Street?

Graeme Bradshaw talks tech and the high street
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Has Global Cyber Awareness Month put the Spotlight on the NIS Directive?

Callum Sinclair

As we come to the end of Global Cyber Awareness Month, and notwithstanding recent high profile cyber attacks, the spotlight still seems firmly fixed on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Bill, and the significant impact they will have on data protection law.  Taking nothing away from the importance of GDPR, it is perhaps surprising that there has not been more discussion about the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (the NIS Directive).  However, depending on your business, it could be just as important. 

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IT Security – a Health and Safety Issue: October update

Following on from our last blog the Health and Safety Executive (“HSE”) has now approved a new cyber strategy in line with its 2017/18 business plan.

At this time the strategy focuses on cyber attacks on operating systems known as Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS) in major hazard industries. The new threat posed by intentional cyber security attacks lends additional risk in this already high risk arena.

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From Modernisation to Westernisation – China Does it its Own Way

Almost exactly one year after launching our China Desk, our chairman Philip Rodney and I touched down in China earlier this year for ten days cram-packed with meetings with contacts and clients.  It was an extremely fruitful trip, split as to half in Beijing and the other half in Shanghai, and it highlighted to us the incredible potential and tremendously exciting opportunities that exist in China in general, and for Chinese-Scottish business relations in particular.

It is over 11 years since I lived in China, and the scale of the changes since then are truly dizzying.  It

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IT Security - a Health and Safety Issue

The global malware attack which petrified the NHS has thrown into sharp relief that IT security is a health and safety issue.

Ransomware such as that used in the attack on the NHS and others works by blocking access to data until or unless a ransom in paid. And as we have seen, even if paid there can be no guarantee that access will be restored.

It can easily be imagined that if an organisation has no access to vital health and safety documentation such as risk assessments, lone worker systems and the like, that can only heighten operational health and safety risk.

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Cyber Security - Prevention is Better than Cure

My colleague Neeraj Thomas in his previous cyber security blog wrote of the old adage that “prevention is better than cure” when it comes to managing cyber security risk.

In the 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, IBM found that sixty per cent of all attacks were carried out by insiders, i.e.

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TEDx Glasgow Awards – Shortlisting the Very Best ‘Ideas Worth Doing’

Sam Moore

As one of TEDx Glasgow’s partner organisations, we were delighted to host the shortlisting of the final candidates for the first ever TEDx Glasgow Awards. From a list of thirty eight qualifying ‘Big Ideas’, TEDx Glasgow had the tough initial job of selecting just ten to take forward to their panel of judges.

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Scotland By Design

In both developed and developing economies, there is now a “mobile first” – and in some cases “mobile only” – trend.  We increasingly live in a world with indigenous digital natives, many of whom do not interact with the web in any other way than mobile.  This is driving profound changes in approach from all parts of the eco-system from content providers, infrastructure providers, handset manufacturers and everyone in between.  Indeed, the lines are increasingly blurred between these players – every single infrastructure provider I saw present at the Mobile World Congress in

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Open Banking - A Tech Revolution?

David Goodbrand

This week sees the launch of Stage 1 of the Open Banking initiative.   Responding to the concerns highlighted by the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) retail banking investigation, the Open Banking initiative aims to take advantage of the continuing developments in technology (and fintech in particular) to give customers more choice on how they manage their money and finances.  It will enable customers to share data securely with third parties, compare products on the basis of their own requirements and manage their accounts without having to use t

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Scotland Well Placed for 5G Revolution

Callum Sinclair

Fresh from the much talked about Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I’m struck by the sheer scale of this incredible tech conference, matched only by the breath-taking speed at which our digital world is changing. In this series of blogs, I’ll cover off some of the main topics and observations from the conference. I’ll also look at where Scotland is keeping up, leading, or falling behind in terms of tech.

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