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June 9, 2009

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» Handling Personal Data then Do You follow a Code?

If you are handling personal data then the BCS has put together the Personal Data Guardianship Code[1]. It lays out the responsibilities of organizations and people have when handling personal data. It is also a handbook for people who provide their information to services (e.g., online and forms etc).
At first glance it provides a better understanding of how to go through the processes associated with the data life span, as it is called. Its simple and clean layout and formatting shows that the target group is quite large and everyone should read it.
The Code also provides example where appropriate and help the reader understand a section slightly better.
As mentioned quite often by the BCS, on the site and in the document, the Code is not a legal document but a guideline and the users should refer to the relative legislation, e.g. Data Protection Act etc.

Links used:
[1] BCS, Personal Data Guardianship Code - http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=nav.10666

February 2, 2009

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» BCS: Encryption, how do you feel?

I have received an email requesting to answer these three polls (if you have a minute contribute):

Encryption
I trust encryption technology to protect my data from hackers?
http://www.infosec.co.uk/page.cfm/Action=Poll/pollID=143/nocache=true

Businesses be trusted
I trust businesses (that I use) to deploy encryption technology appropriately to protect my data from hackers ?
http://www.infosec.co.uk/page.cfm/Action=Poll/pollID=144/nocache=true

Government Encryption
I trust the government to deploy encryption technology appropriately to protect my data from hackers
http://www.infosec.co.uk/page.cfm/Action=Poll/pollID=145/nocache=true

The results so far are quite interesting. Encryption is a trusted (A lot @ 54%) method for protecting information. Businesses provide some trust(A little @ 54%) with their methods of protection. Finally, the government seams to be least trusted(Not at all @ 46%) by the people polled. These figures stand true for only this point in time as the polling is still open.

November 20, 2008

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» BCS’s YPG Career Day: ‘Information Security’ at Swindon

The Young Professionals Group (YPG) at the Wiltshire Branch of the BCS are organising a career day titled ‘Information Security’ for students (or staff) who wish to know more about training opportunities, career guidance, professional networking, etc.

The event is open to BCS and non-BCS members and lunch will be provided.

Speakers include:
Debi Ashenden, senior research fellow, Cranfield University UK
Alexander Lucas, principal security development lead, Microsoft UK
Will Deane, chief technology officer, Regency IT Consulting UK

Event Details (correct on day of publishing):
Saturday 7th February 2009, 10:45 – 16:30

Please find more information at:
http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.22216

or from the PDF brochure (locally hosted):
http://www.comp.glam.ac.uk/staff/kxynos/isrg/WiltsYPG.pdf

Personal note:
If you are interested in picking the minds of some of the speakers or visitors, I recommend that you attend this BCS event as it is a great opportunity.