£1bn worth of unlicensed software was installed in the UK last year. Britain has the sixth lowest rate of software piracy in the world at 27 per cent.
Very interesting article / news clip on how vast quantities of personal data can be retrieved from digital photocopiers. There seems to be an amazing lack of attention to what is a potential “pot of gold” to the identity thief… I’d be intrested to here how many of you are aware of this security risk…
Don Randall, Head of Security at the Bank of England, has been explaining the importance of creating a vehicle for people to communicate and identify crime concerns. During his speech at the European Serious Organised Crime Conference in London this week, he emphasised the need to join up vendors, practitioners (the police) and the public in order to help tackle serious and organised crime. He also stressed the importance of police forces working in harmony with each other rather than worrying about the balance of power and leadership between organisations. He cited Project Griffin and ‘Sister Banks’ as examples of private sector organisations working successfully with law enforcement agencies to deliver positive results in reducing the threat and impact of organised crime.
It’s not surprising that the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) are encouraging retailers to review their security strategies following an increase in shop thefts by a third between 2008 and 2009. If retailers continue to cut security budgets this increase in retail crime could escalate in 2010. Although budgets are tight in the current economic climate retailers need to look at all available options for preventing, detecting and taking action against crime.