Global firms join forces to supply ventilators for NHS amid COVID-19 pandemic

Global firms join forces to supply ventilators for NHS amid COVID-19 pandemic

The NHS is getting help from global companies for supply of ventilators amid the novel coronavirus outbreak that has infected thousands across the UK.

Based on designs provided by UK firms Penlon and Smiths Group, companies like Microsoft, Ford, and GKN have explored production of a variety of ventilators.

After the UK government’s formal request, the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium members have agreed on what all they require for designing, developing and testing a rapidly manufactured ventilator system and components at sites across the country.

Whitehall appoints civil service COO to replace John Manzoni

Whitehall appoints civil service COO to replace John Manzoni

Former CMA chief executive Alex Chisholm also takes on the roles of COO and permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office.

The government has appointed Alex Chisholm as the replacement for the outgoing chief executive of the civil service, with a remit that includes supporting the response to the coronavirus pandemic as well as driving reform and efficiency programmes.

How to combat insider threats as organisations increasingly rely on cloud computing to telecommunicate

How to combat insider threats as organisations increasingly rely on cloud computing to telecommunicate

Cloud usage increasing the risk of insider threats.
Cloud providers including Microsoft, Google, and others, have recently acknowledged that they are struggling to deal with a spike in remote tools usage.

As organisations hastily adapt for remote working, they might fail to ensure adequate data security. In particular, cloud usage increases the risk of insider threats as 53% of organisations believe detecting insider attacks is significantly harder in the cloud than on-premises, according to a recent report. Therefore, it has never been as important as it is today for organisations to implement proper measures to mitigate the insider threat to protect data in the cloud.

Vodafone UK Offers 500k Customers and Vulnerable People Free Unlimited Mobile Data for 30 Days

Vodafone UK Offers 500k Customers and Vulnerable People Free Unlimited Mobile Data for 30 Days

Vodafone UK is introducing 30-days free access to unlimited mobile data for half a million Pay Monthly customers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, Vodafone will be proactively upgrading its Pay Monthly customers who are flagged as vulnerable in its systems to this 30 days unlimited data offer for free. Vulnerable customers eligible for this upgrade will receive a text informing them. Half a million other Pay Monthly customers, not already on unlimited data plans, can access the offer through Vodafone’s VeryMe rewards scheme available through the My Vodafone App. The offer is initially limited to 500,000 customers.
The offer is designed to give worry-free data usage to customers so they can keep in touch with loved ones using video calling; keep the kids learning with access to e-learning sites and keep the whole family entertained with great quality video streaming.
Vodafone is also currently offering six months half price on its 24-month SIM only unlimited plans.

The richness of multidimensionality

The richness of multidimensionality

The pace of software-defined wide-area networks (SD-WANs) developments continues to accelerate for several reasons. One fundamental reason is that SD-WAN is not only programmable from a feature support perspective, it is also secure. Factor in the pace of applications that are moving to the cloud, and it is not surprising that the ability to program software security services into a connectivity service has rapidly become a strategic imperative.

In order to understand the associated SD-WAN security business drivers and technical requirements, Heavy Reading launched the “SD-WAN Security Market Leadership Study (MLS)” with collaboration partners Amdocs, Fortinet, Lavelle Networks and Nuage Networks in Q4 2019. The survey attracted 90 qualified global respondents and documented SD-WAN security service use cases, implementation timelines, cloud service integration opportunities, the role of automation, and policy, as well as technical requirements, including future success requirements.