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Comment Re: Simple? (Score 1) 302

NHS has over 1 million employees!? Time to start firing some fuckers.

From the NHS site: The NHS employs more than 1.5 million people, putting it in the top five of the world’s largest workforces, together with the US Department of Defence, McDonalds, Walmart and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. The NHS in England is the biggest part of the system by far, catering to a population of 54.3 million and employing around 1.2 million people. Of those, the clinically qualified staff include 150,273 doctors, 40,584 general practitioners (GPs), 314,966 nurses and health visitors, 18,862 ambulance staff, and 111,127 hospital and community health service (HCHS) medical and dental staff. The NHS in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland employs 161,415; 84,000 and 66,000 people respectively.

Comment Re:In the UK, we've had chip and pin for years! (Score 1) 311

3 or 4 years ago I used a chipless card in Sheffield, the machine read it OK but the staff didn't know what to do with the slip of paper which printed. A year before I tried the same card in Amsterdam, that required blowing the dust off the only mag stripe reader they had and getting the one person who knew how to operate it.

Comment Re:New rule passwords must be changed each week (Score 1) 57

I did work briefly at a place where the "IT Department" would generate passwords every month and leave them in an envelope on your desk. You couldn't change them and they were long random strings, so you kept the paper rather than try to remember them. Of course the director who imposed the rule had his own password which was shorter, simpler, and never changed.

Submission + - Where To Cut Corners When the Security Budget Gets Tight ( 1

itwbennett writes: For the past several years we've been reading about soaring security spending, driven by rising threats. Just yesterday analyst firm Technavio released a report predicting that global security spending in the government sector will reach $42 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of over 9%. But if your company's budget is on the leaner side, there are some belt tightening steps you can take without putting your company at risk. The advice in this article boils down to this: Don't spend out on more shiny things; do get back to basics. Rick Howard, CSO at Palo Alto Networks puts it this way: 'A great truism to our industry is that many of us Network Defenders like to spend money on all kinds of shiny new playthings to defend our networks but fail to make time to get them fully deployed.'

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