Monthly Archives: March 2014

Responding to a data breach

  No business, large or small, is immune to a data breach—and they can be costly. According to the Ponemon Institute’s Cost of a Data Breach Survey, the average per record cost of a data breach was £79 in 2011, and the average organisational cost was £1.75 million. A data breach is an incident where […]

The Business Crime Reduction Centre (BCRC)

The Business Crime Reduction Centre (BCRC) is a partnership with the four police forces in the Yorkshire and Humber region. The BCRC project provides 12 hours of security consultation free of charge to SMEs in the region. This covers traditional security (what the police call ‘locks, bars and bolts’), fraud prevention and cyber security. The […]

Changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

New reforms will cut the amount of time some offenders need to disclose details of any low level convictions. The move is part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to tackling reoffending; however, all offenders will still always have to declare previous convictions when applying for jobs in sensitive workplaces like schools and hospitals or working […]

Animal feed manufacturer fined £100K in corporate manslaughter conviction.

A County Down animal feed manufacturer became the fourth company in the UK to be convicted of corporate manslaughter (in October 2013) after a casual labourer was killed by unguarded machinery. Norman Porter, 47, had been working for Ballygowan based J Murray & Son for eight weeks. He was helping mix animal meal in a blender on […]