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Is your company Cybersecurity aware?

As part of the Keeping the UK safe in Cyberspace, in April the UK Information Security Breaches 2013 was published by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and The Shareholder Executive. Although there is an excellent website to review the survey’s findings,  as an experiment in using Data Wrapper,  I used this free and remarkably intuitive tool to visualise a few interesting elements of the survey…

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As part of the Keeping the UK safe in Cyberspace, in April the UK Information Security Breaches 2013 was published by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and The Shareholder Executive. Although there is an excellent website to review the survey’s findings,  as an experiment in using Data Wrapper,  I used this free and remarkably intuitive tool to visualise three elements of the survey:

  • how high a priority is Information Security to industry sectors
  • how aware are employees within those sectors of their company’s security policy
  • percentage of IT spend on security spend by those sectors on information security

The results of the priority of security question illustrates what we’d expect – Health, Banking and Technology leading priority, and IT budget spend isn’t a great surprise, but the understanding of staff of their own Security Policy is a surprise, illustrating that even in sectors where information security is critically important, staff at these organisations may lack clarity about their corporate information security policy.

Who’s responsibility is it to resolve this?  In regulated sectors, like health & pharmaceutical, government and banking there should be, and in some cases is a collective responsibility to ensure clarity of communication to personnel and a duty of care for the organisation to ensure the message is heard and understood. Data Protection law in many countries provides a regulatory framework for anyone retaining or storing data. The responsibility for legal compliance at an organisation falls to a Data Controller; in Ireland, the UK, Germany and Sweden the law is similar and the data controller can be a legal entity or an individual. Data Protection law is well defined in most developed economies but my concern is about the awareness of staff within an organisation. As hacking and #Cybersecurity attacks begin to reach pandemic proportions the UK’s Information Breaches survey highlights a lack of awareness within some sectors that is disturbing; this lack of awareness can cost industry money, jobs and confidence. Organisations seem to be aware of the importance of information security, IT spend in the area isn’t bad, awareness appears to be the problem, and those who really should know better appear not to.

I admit I grew weary of the manual-handling and similar courses I was (legally) compelled to do as part of work-place compliance, but they’re there for a reason. Information Security breaches will give you more than a pain in the lower-back – it’s time we sharpened up as an information society. Everyone working in or with your organisation needs to knows how to keep your information safe; if someone hasn’t hacked you, it won’t be long before they try.

External links & references

  1. Information security breaches survey 2013: technical report
  2. Information security breaches survey 2013: data download : 233kb : csv
  3. Guidance for small UK business on Cyber Security : Dept Business, Innovation & Skills
  4. British Government extends Innovation Vouchers to cover Cybersecurity : Redcert.com 24-4-2013
  5. Practical Law COmpany : guide to Global Data protection Law
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The Mc Ginn sisters on Newstalk: Down To Business

Grace, Sarah and Jennie Mc Ginn know fashion. They know it inside out and back to front: OPSH.COM then will make sense when you think about it. An aggregation platform for the female shopper, it will launch in September after a years work. A couple of weeks ago, the serial entrepreneurs joined Margaret E. Ward on Newstalk’s Down To Business to talk about how they got here, and where they’re going.

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Grace, Sarah and Jennie Mc Ginn know fashion. They know it inside out and back to front: in that context OPSH.COM makes perfect sense. An aggregation platform for the female shopper, it will launch in September after a years work. A couple of weeks ago, the serial entrepreneurs joined Margaret E. Ward on Newstalk’s Down To Business to talk about how they got here, and where they’re going.

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Why I’ll miss Vizify

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Build a personal website in seconds, that’s what Vizify’s strap line used to say. It caused a stir when it launched and people started talking about it: Use Vizify to monitor and improve how you use Twitter wrote blogger Brian Thomas Humek, while Andrew Couts wrote about how it knows (well privacy is history) everything about you.

I forget how I found Vizify, but I’m glad I did. I’m really not sure how I used it or how often, but it’s a remarkably simple to use tool thats not so much a personal website like About.me, but a social business card. And when I used it, it honestly made me smile, sort of HootSuite meets WayBack Machine, but in 30 seconds. . The stand out feature is the micro-video it creates from your social posts, adding royalty free music, your top interactions and connections, and to prompt self-reflection if your fitness tracker has failed yet again to go in to sleep mode for a week, a useful little chart of when you Tweet the most.vizify_001

So as a result of the Yahoo! acquisition, Vizify will be ‘sunsetting’ the service, so now new sign-ups or paid plans and the service sill archive your profile until September. On their website, they don’t talk about the specifics of how they’ll bring Vizify to Yahoo!, but it’s fair to assume the service will be reappear at Yahoo! powering part of your Yahoo! account in an animated portrayal of the social elements of your profile encompassing your college details (a la Rivals.com), your blog posts (Tumblr) and your images (Flickr). It’s a good acquisition for Yahoo! giving them a a tool to combine images : aesthetics : social in to a catchy little box that is made for mobile. So no more grim avatar in your friends profile photo, instead a rich, animated informative overview of who they are and who they talk to.

It’s a good day for Yahoo!, more components for the revival of the web’s biggest sleeper, it’s a good day for founders, former Monsoon Commerce colleagues, Eli Tucker, Todd Silverstein <http://toddsilverstein.com/> and Jeff Cutler-Stamm, and investor Jonathan Sposato  but I’m not quite leaping with joy. I’ll miss Vizify; those videos, the quick interaction overview and the shock of seeing when I Tweet most; the sun’s setting one of the coolest, sharpest little tools the web’s served up in a while. Hurry up Yahoo!.

External links & references

  1. Read the announcement at Vizify.com
  2. The state of information visualisation, 2014: Robert Kosara
  3. Yahoo! acquires data visualisation star : InfoWorld

Yahoo timeline image by: Yahoo : Review CC Licence

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Vizify statement

As part of our transition to Yahoo, we will no longer be allowing new signups or purchases of paid plans. We will also be sunsetting the Vizify service.

What does this mean for me?

As an existing Vizify account holder, look for an email in the coming weeks with more details. But for now, to make the transition process easier on you, we’re taking a few extra steps:

  • For all bioholders, free and paid, we’ll be providing a way for you to opt-in to “archive” a snapshot of your current bio that will remain live at the same URL through September 4, 2014.
  • For those of you with a current paid plan, we’ll be issuing a full refund for everything you’ve paid Vizify.
  • For Premium customers who registered a domain through Vizify (like your-name .com), we’ll be providing instructions so you can assume ownership of your domain, free of charge.

What do I need to do?

You’ll be getting an additional email from us next week with steps you’ll need to take. In the meantime, see our FAQ.

– Team Vizify

For any bioholders who do not opt-in to archive their bio by April 7, 2014, the Terms of Service will terminate and all licenses granted to you will be revoked on April 7, 2014.

Vizify is a registered trademark. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. 812 Washington St. #800, Portland, OR 97205

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Building Information Modeling, this could be big. Honestly.

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Building Information Modeling is not a glamorous phrase that conjures up images of turbo-charged start-ups around the world, full of enthusiastic coders adding another million dollars of shareholder value with every keystroke. It is a sector though, that is attracting the interest of tech investors – and that’s generally a clue as to the importance of an emerging industry. Building Information Modeling isn’t a new sector, the concept has been around for almost forty years, but it was only a decade ago that BIM became an ‘industry’ following a publication by CAD company Autodesk. With BIM software you create models of buildings or facilities – but not just CAD images traditionally used by architects and builders, but models that display other characteristics of buildings, for example the functional characteristics of a site. So you add digital images or files that show the air-conditioning system due to be fitted but what if you could get the manufacturers of various air-con systems to give you digital files for various types and capacities of cooling system?

[funky_quote align=”left”]“Technology companies are becoming the bright spot in the economic outlook based on their increasing role within macro-economic environments, 2013 has demonstrated the sector’s vibrant activity and its contribution to the global economic recovery. ” — Alex Vieux, Chairman, Red Herring.[/funky_quote]The power consumption, physical and aesthetic impact of building facilities can be examined, or ‘modeled.  What if you could add images and accompanying technical information about the walls that will be erected inside the building, and on those walls you could digitally ‘paint’ the exact type of covering or paint to be used. With manufacturer information integrated into the design and modeling process you could end up knowing how a building will look, feel and sound when people are in it.  Data assisted decision making from concept, through design and construction right through the life of a building and how its eventual demolition will impact a landscape and community.

BIMobject®, a leading Swedish BIM software provider has announced it’s been selected as a candidate for Red Herring’s 2013 Top 100 Global award. which recognises the year’s most promising private technology companies and entrepreneurs, which will be awarded on November 20th.The inclusion of

External Links & References

  1. Examine products at BIMObject.com
  2. BIMObject : YouTube channel
  3. Red Herring Global 100 Awards
  4. National BIM Library : NBS
  5. BIM Working Groups : Saved Google Search
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