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Field Effect and iSpire to shield SMBs from cyberattacks
Field Effect has announced a new partnership with Managed Security Service Provider , iSpire .
This partnership gives iSpire clients access to Covalence , an end-to-end managed security service that reduces risk , blocks attacks and provides true peace of mind .
“ Smaller businesses want and need the same protection that large enterprises have , but most security solutions today are not suitable because they ’ re too expensive , unmanageable , or both ,” said Shri Kalyanasundaram , Chief Growth Officer , Field Effect .
For over 15 years , iSpire has helped businesses across Canada grow and prosper with cost-effective managed IT solutions . This new partnership will help iSpire offer enhanced security options that not only protect the company ’ s current clients but will be an exciting solution for businesses throughout the Maritimes and Canada .
10,000 customers affected by data incidents at HMRC
Over 10,000 customers were potentially affected by serious data incidents overseen by Her Majesty ’ s Revenue & Customs ( HMRC ) over in 2022 , according to the company ’ s Annual Report & Accounts 2021 – 22 .
HMRC reported a total of 22 personal data-related incidents to the Information Commissioner ’ s Office ( ICO ) in the last 12 months , stating that these incidents potentially affected 10,896 customers .
The number of serious personal data breaches rose from 18 in 2020 – 21 to 22 in 2021 – 22 , however , despite this , the number of potentially affected customers decreased , from 18,298 to 10,896 .
HMRC noted that they have delivered a Cyber Tactical
Remediation Programme , moved a significant number of services out of legacy data centres and implemented a new security incident response tool to strengthen the identification and reporting of personal data breaches . Five additional data incidents occurred over the past year which were handled internally .
43 scale-up finalists to develop innovative and sustainable collaborations
In its seventh year , Kickstart is one of the largest European innovation platforms , bridging the gap between start-ups , corporations , cities , foundations and universities to accelerate partnerships and deep technology innovation .
Since 2015 , Kickstart has supported over 400 start-ups and facilitated over 200 deals in the form of pilots and commercial projects coming from over 80 countries , raising more than CHF 2 billion in investments so far .
Kickstart supports partners in identifying key topics and opportunities for open innovation . A select number of the best national and international start-ups and scale-ups are chosen each year to participate in a 10-week programme to facilitate collaborative innovation partnerships and commercial deals to cocreate in the form of Proof-of-Concepts , pilots and commercial projects with Kickstart partners , leading organisations and companies , such as AXA , Coop , Swisscom , La Mobilière , PostFinance , Sanitas and The City of Zurich .
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