As June nears its end it is then time to look back at some of the stories which emerged. Cyber security news Jun 2022 features pieces from the BBC News Technology archive. There we found a piece on a new, free-of-charge, cyber security programme in Scotland. We then move on to an article on cookie consent in the UK. Finally, we then have a story about new NHS phishing scams to watch out for.

Read our news round-up for the month of May 2022.

‘Women Do Cyber’ programme unveiled in Scotland

This piece is on a free programme at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) designed to break down gender barriers.

It is hoped that the qualification will encourage more women to enter the tech industry. It is also an attempt to address a huge demand for tech experts and new recruits include unemployed students. The innovative programme is a partnership between Cisco, Scottish Women in Technology (SWiT) and GCU.

What is happening with cookies in the UK?

This article ponders what might happen if the government’s Data Reform Bill is pushed through.

Much of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation is now in British law. Cookie consent, however, is not covered and so the Data Reform Bill was then designed to tackle it. Some of the proposals within the bill are as follows:

  • Removing the requirement for small / medium-sized businesses to employ data-protection officers
  • Allowing the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) more flexibility to focus on larger data-protection complaints rather than every one
  • Widening data access for public services and research so that fewer consent requests are required for similar studies

The government believes that these measures can contribute towards businesses saving £1bn over 10 years.

Scam Covid-test texts warning from the NHS

This BBC story reports fake NHS text messages being sent to harvest financial and personal information.

The warning concerns scam texts telling people they have been in close contact with a Covid-19 case. The messages then suggest the recipient orders Omicron Covid-19 test kits. Links included in the messages lead to a fake NHS page requesting information. The NHS says it will “never ask for bank details…” and testing for Covid-19 is no longer suggested, so be very mindful of this.

That is all for your cyber security news Jun 2022 – what do you think of our latest selection? Are you part of the ‘women do cyber’ programme or thinking about it? Perhaps you have some strong opinions about cookie consent? If so then we would love to hear from you!

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