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Public sector organisations now able to leverage the power of security data and analytics with Rapid7’s industry-leading, cloud-based products and services through G-Cloud 8 Framework

Rapid7, Inc. (NASDAQ: RPD), a leading provider of security data and analytics solutions, announced today that its cloud delivered security solutions have been added to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) registry and are now accessible to public sector organisations. Rapid7 solutions accelerate insight into security and IT operations, arming customers with live information around vulnerabilities and user behaviours. The Company focuses on giving IT and security professionals the power to act at the moment of impact to detect, deter, and investigate threats and incidents.

Rob Attree, EMEA director of sales atRapid7 commented on the agreement: “We are thrilled that eight of our products and services have been accepted into the G-Cloud framework, a fully EU compliant system. This arrangement will provide government and public sector bodies with direct access to Rapid7’s leading security and IT products and services to enable them to achieve their cybersecurity goals.”

According to the Information Commissioner’s Office Data Security Incidents Trends, healthcare suffers more data breaches than any other sector in the UK, with 184 breaches reported in the final quarter of 2015 alone. The second most breached sector was local government, which reported 43 breaches in the same quarter. Consequently, security is becoming increasingly high on the IT agenda for UK organisations, particularly the public sector. Rapid7 solutions aim to empower IT and security professionals to protect their organisations by collecting data and transforming it into prioritised and actionable insight. The Company helps organisations to prevent attacks by providing visibility into vulnerabilities, and to rapidly detect compromises, respond to breaches, and correct the underlying causes of attacks.

Rapid7 now provides a range of SaaS solutions and specialist security services to the UK public sector, including:

  • InsightIDR: Leverages attacker analytics to detect intruder activity on-demand, cutting down false positives and days’ worth of work for security professionals. The solution unifies the capabilities of SIEM, EDR, and UBA to detect behaviours that are indicative of compromised credentials, spot lateral movement across assets, uncover malware, and sets traps for intruders.
  • Managed Web Application Security: A highly accurate and scalable solution that collects web application data for vulnerability scanning, prioritises what needs to be fixed first, and helps security teams remediate fixes faster without purchasing, installing, and monitoring software. Powered by Rapid7 AppSpider, the service is purpose built to scan all modern apps from Single Page Applications (SPAs) to mobile.
  • Managed Vulnerability Management: Live vulnerability monitoring using automated tools to scan identified systems and infrastructure within an organisations’ IT environment with support from a dedicated Managed Service Consultant (“MSC”). The MSC will complete these scanning activities and deliver prioritised insight that makes it easy for IT teams to remediate and reduce risk.
  • Managed Detection and Response (Analytic Response): An extension of customers’ internal security team, which provides continuous threat detection by accurately identifying known threats, unknown threats, and intruder movement from the endpoint to the cloud. Rapid7 analysts can also pivot seamlessly into incident response to identify the extent of the breach and provide detailed steps on how to contain it.
  • Cyber Security Maturity Assessment: A high-level operational gap analysis/risk assessment targeting approximately 20 critical control areas. The goal of this assessment is to drive measurable improvements over a multi–month timeframe and address both strategic and tactical aspects of improving security, including a prioritised set of security initiatives to be implemented by existing teams.
  • CREST-certified Penetration Testing: Network, application, wireless, device, physical, and social engineering engagements that demonstrate the security level of an organisation’s key systems and infrastructure. This simulation of real–world attack vectors documents actual risks posed to companies from the perspective of a motivated attacker.
  • Security Awareness Training: Offering of eight training modules, each with a target duration of 8-10 minutes in length with a formal assessment at the end of each module. Topics include: Malware Awareness, Social Engineering, Password Security, Email Security, Physical Security, Mobile Device Security, Phishing Awareness, and Travel Security.

The G-Cloud initiative is designed to help ease procurement with the use of cloud computing for all sections and departments of the UK government and includes a series of framework agreements with a wide range of suppliers. CCS’s vision is to deliver value for the nation through outstanding commercial capability and quality customer service. Its procurement arrangements can be used by central government departments and organisations across the public sector including local government, health, education, not-for-profit and devolved administrations. As such, any public sector group can buy items or services without running a full tender procurement process.

CCS’s commercial procurement solutions are fully EU compliant and provide significant savings for the taxpayer, helping to protect the delivery of front line services. The speed and ease of the procurement of Rapid7 SaaS and specialist service solutions can also provide notable savings for customers in terms of time and money.

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Women inch towards equal legal rights despite COVID-19 risks, World Bank says

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By Sonia Elks

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women gained legal rights in nearly 30 countries last year despite disruption due to COVID-19, but governments must do more to ease the disproportionate burden shouldered by women during the pandemic, the World Bank said on Tuesday.

Nations should prioritise gender equality in economic recovery efforts, the bank said, warning that progress on equal rights was threatened by heavier job losses in female-dominated sectors, increased childcare and a surge in domestic violence.

“This pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities that disadvantage girls and women,” David Malpass, World Bank Group president, said in a statement accompanying the annual “Women, Business and the Law” report.

“Women should have the same access to finance and the same rights to inheritance as men and must be at the centre of our efforts toward an inclusive and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

A total of 27 countries reformed laws or regulations to give women more economic equality with men in 2019-20, said the report, which grades 190 nations on laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunities.

While countries in all of the world’s regions made improvements in the new index – with most reforms addressing pay and parenthood, women on average still have only about three quarters of the rights granted to men, the report found.

Notably, nearly 40 countries brought in extra benefit or leave policies to help employees balance their jobs with the extra childcare needs created by coronavirus restrictions.

But such measures were “few and far between” worldwide and will probably not go far enough to tackle the “motherhood penalty” many women face in the workplace, it said.

The report also noted separate data from a United Nations tool tracking gender-sensitive pandemic responses which found 70% of such measures addressed violence, with just 10% targeting women’s economic security.

The pandemic could result in “a backslide on various hard-won advances in women’s rights achieved in recent years”, said Antonia Kirkland, the global lead on legal equality at women’s rights organisation Equality Now.

“This disruption is a unique opportunity for countries to rebuild more resilient, inclusive and prosperous economies,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by email.

“But this can only be achieved alongside the removal of sex discriminatory laws that prevent women from participating fully and equally in economic, social and family life.”

(Reporting by Sonia Elks @soniaelks; Editing by Helen Popper. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers the lives of people around the world who struggle to live freely or fairly. Visit http://news.trust.org)

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Digital health checks vital to travel recovery, Heathrow says

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By Sarah Young

LONDON (Reuters) – Digital health checks will be vital to a recovery in foreign travel from the COVID-19 pandemic, Britain’s Heathrow airport said on Wednesday, after a collapse in passenger numbers saw it plunge to a 2 billion pound ($2.8 billion) loss last year.

The UK government said on Monday trips abroad could restart in mid-May as its vaccination campaign kicks in, sparking a surge in holiday bookings.

It is also looking into a digital health passport or app to help ease restrictions, while conceding the benefits have to be weighed against potential risks to civil liberties.

But Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said digital technology, and international agreements, would be vital to reviving a travel industry on its knees.

“It’s absolutely critical and that’s one of the main things that government needs to work on,” he said, when asked about a digital health app.

At present, paper checks on COVID-19 test results and passenger locator forms take 20 minutes per traveller at Heathrow, making travel near impossible should passenger numbers rise from current low levels.

Britain’s biggest airport said it was “very likely” people would be able to go on their summer holidays, but expects passenger numbers will take time to recover.

The airport, west of London, is forecasting 25 million passengers in the second half of the year, meaning it would be operating at about 50% capacity.

Heathrow, owned by Spain’s Ferrovial, the Qatar Investment Authority, China Investment Corp and others, last year lost its title as Europe’s busiest airport to Paris after its flight schedules shrank more than those of its rivals.

Passenger numbers plunged 73% to 22 million people last year, with half of those travelling during January and February, before the pandemic shut down global travel in March.

Heathrow said it had 3.9 billion pounds of liquidity, giving it sufficient resources to keep going with low levels of traffic until 2023, despite the 2 billion loss before tax for 2020.

The airport urged the government to provide business tax breaks for big airports, something only available to smaller airports so far, and to extend the furlough job support scheme to help it financially before the recovery takes off.

($1 = 0.7044 pounds)

(Reporting by Sarah Young. Editing by James Davey and Mark Potter)

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Heathrow Airport plunged to a 2 billion pound ($2.8 billion) annual loss after passenger numbers collapsed to levels last seen in the 1970s during the pandemic.

Heathrow called on the government to agree a common international travel standard to allow passengers to start flying again in the summer and to provide business tax breaks for airports to help them ride out the crisis.

The airport, west of London, is hopeful that travel markets will reopen from mid-May after a government announcement on easing lockdown on Monday.

Still Britain’s biggest airport, Heathrow last year lost its title as the busiest in Europe to Paris as its flight schedules contracted more than its rival’s.

The airport said on Wednesday that during 2020 passenger numbers shrunk 73% to 22 million people, with half of those people having travelled during January and February before COVID-19 shut down global travel.

The airport sunk to a 2 billion loss before tax on revenues which were down 62% to 1.18 billion pounds, but Heathrow said it had 3.9 billion pounds of liquidity and that could keep it going until 2023.

The airport is owned by Spain’s Ferrovial, the Qatar Investment Authority and China Investment Corp, among others.

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(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Kate Holton and James Davey)

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