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Conservative Government minded to appoint Ofcom as online harms regulator

Digital secretary Nicky Morgan and Home Secretary Priti Patel have announced that the Conservative Government is minded to appoint communications watchdog Ofcom as the regulator to enforce rules designed to make the Internet a safer place. The announcement comes as the Government...
Posted On 18 Feb 2020
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New defensive controls prevent phone fraudsters spoofing HMRC numbers

New defensive controls deployed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have put an end to fraudsters spoofing the tax authority’s most recognisable helpline numbers. Fraudsters have increasingly mimicked legitimate HMRC Helpline numbers (often beginning with 0300) in a...
Posted On 06 Jun 2019
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BSIA Briefing

As part of a global transformation of telephony services, the UK is undergoing the transition from an analogue to an ‘all-IP’ platform. The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is working closely with Ofcom and communication service providers (as well as other...
Posted On 31 Aug 2018
Millie Banerjee CBE: the new chairman of the College of Policing
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Home Secretary Amber Rudd appoints Millie Banerjee as new College of Policing chairman

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has appointed Millie Banerjee CBE as chairman of the College of Policing. Banerjee will now oversee the professional body for everyone in policing and work with the organisation’s newly-confirmed CEO, Mike Cunningham QPM, to professionalise...
Posted On 21 Nov 2017
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Government acts to stop safe space for criminal and terrorist communications

Security Minister Ben Wallace has given a direction to Ofcom to ensure that the Security and Intelligence Services, law enforcement and other Emergency Services have access to the information they need to keep the public safe. Made under Section 5 of the Communications Act 2003,...
Posted On 26 Sep 2017
Millie Banerjee
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Millie Banerjee appointed interim chair of College of Policing by Home Secretary

Millie Banerjee has been appointed as the interim chair of the College of Policing following approval from the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, and the College of Policing Board. Banerjee, who sits on the College of Policing Board, takes on the role from Dame Shirley Pearce whose term...
Posted On 28 Nov 2016
Left to Right: James Kelly, Alyson Scurfield and Ian Moore
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BSIA signs three-year MoU with Fire Industry Association and Telecare Services Association

On Thursday 11 August, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and the Telecare Services Association (TSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a period of three years. The agreement follows discussions on the developments...
Posted On 12 Aug 2016
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI: Editor of Risk Xtra
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Laws of the Land

Security-focused legislation drafted with a view towards providing stronger powers for disrupting extremists and tackling corruption, money laundering and tax evasion was announced as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Speech delivered to Parliament on Wednesday 18 May. The...
Posted On 28 Jun 2016
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New security-centric Home Office legislation features in Queen’s Speech to Parliament

Security-focused legislation drafted to provide stronger powers to disrupt extremists and tackle corruption, money laundering and tax evasion was announced today in the Queen’s Speech to Parliament. The Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill will be introduced to ‘prevent...
Posted On 18 May 2016
Peter Webster
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Rise of the Machines: The Internet of Things

Some of us might not yet know it, but the Internet of Things is most certainly revolutionising the way in which we live our lives. Peter Webster reviews exactly how the Internet of Things is connecting everything and everyone before assessing the security implications this...
Posted On 09 Dec 2015
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