It was the autocorrect, your honour

20 January 2021

With pressure on employees to work harder and faster, it’s easy to think you’ve sent an email to the right person, to then realise you’ve sent it to the wrong person. But for the legal profession, the stakes are much higher. It’s not just a simple mishap to send an incorrect email, or attach the wrong document, it could spell disaster.

By their nature, law firms deal with sensitive and confidential information daily, including client financial data and insurance claims, which is subject to strict compliance and regulatory requirements. The fact that law firms rely on email to share data with relevant parties is a risk in itself – documents covered by legal professional privilege that are accidentally emailed to the wrong person could constitute a breach of confidentiality.

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It’s time to take DCIM to the next level

20 January 2021

Paul Milburn, chief product officer, EkkoSense

Paul Milburn, chief product officer, EkkoSense

One thing that’s certain is that data centre teams will be kept increasingly busy in 2021 as they’re asked to extract even more performance from existing data centre assets. This will continue to be challenging – particularly as organisations work to accommodate the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

While legacy Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) tools are useful at helping data centre operations teams manage their facilities, many find them limited when it comes to the kind of deep data analysis needed to really optimise performance at the mechanical and electrical level.

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Post-pandemic normality: 2021 predictions on digital identities, remote working and remote healthcare

19 January 2021

Xavier Coemelck, regional vice president of sales and services at Entrust

Xavier Coemelck, regional vice president of sales and services at Entrust

As we put 2020 behind us, remote working, digital identity authentication and remote healthcare are going to be key priorities - here are my predictions for the year ahead:

1. Identity proofing tools will become standard operating procedure: Originally designed for consumers to safely access online accounts, will rapidly grow in popularity to facilitate the onboarding of new and existing remote employees. These authentication tools will allow staff members to securely access organisation networks and materials with robust identification methods will be the focus of IT security teams for the coming year and will be integral to a business model of the future.

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English councils deploy IoT in houses

19 January 2021

Local authorities in Leeds, Richmond and Sutton are advancing their use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology in up to 1,000 council homes to better support residents and make services more efficient.

In Leeds, for example, Home Link has secured a 12-month project with Leeds City Council to install environmental sensors to measure temperature, humidity and CO2 in social housing.

Around 50 properties will also get technology for the remote monitoring and management of fire and carbon monoxide alarm systems. This second phase of the project, which is funded through a £500,000) GovTech Catalyst investment, follows an initial pilot where sensors were installed in six properties.

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