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first_imgHelen Stephenson, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, said: “The threat assessment confirms what we often see in our casework – unfortunately charities are not immune to fraud and cyber-crime, and there are factors that can sometimes increase their vulnerability such as a lack of digital expertise, limited resources and culture of trust.“We fully endorse the National Cyber Security Centre’s guide on cyber security for charities. This will be a valuable resource to help charities protect their work, beneficiaries, funds and reputations from harm and we encourage charities of all sizes to make use of it.” What should charities do?If you believe that you or your charity has been the victim of online fraud, scams or extortion, the NCSC recommends you report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, and as a series incident to the Charity Commission.It also encourages them to join its free Cyber Information Sharing Platform (CiSP) to exchange threat information in a secure and confidential environment.You can download the NCSC’s:threat assessment report for the charity sector Small Charity GuideCyber Aware Perceptions Gap Report Howard Lake | 2 March 2018 | News  315 total views,  3 views today GCHQ advises charities on defence against cyber attacks Who might target charities?Cyber criminals with a financial motive are by far the largest cyber threat to charities according to the threat assessment. However, they are not the only people or groups who might target charities online.InsidersAn insider, such as a current or recent staff member of volunteer, can exploit their legitimate access to an organisation’s assets for unauthorised purposes. They can pass their credentials to other attackers or act against the charity themselves by, for example, stealing data.Suppliers and third partiesCharities can face indirect attacks via suppliers and third parties. IT partners who run, maintain or secure a charity’s IT and data might be compromised, leading to fraud or extortion of the charity. Fundraising or marketing companies who handle charities’ donor data might be targeted, again with the same aim of misusing the personal data.Sometimes UK-based charity systems can be accessed by penetrating a weaker link in the system, such as overseas arms, partners or projects in countries where the security set-up might be less stringent than in the UK.Nation statesSome states will target charities or NGOs whom they mistrust or who work with local partner organisations that carry out work that the state’s leaders object to. Others might see UK NGOs as an arm of UK domestic or foreign policy and treat them accordingly.HacktivistsThe NCSC does not consider the charity sector as a priority target for hacktivists – those pursuing personal or political agendas in supporting social or political change. Nevertheless, DDoS attacks can be used to disrupt websites, and some charity websites have been defaced by opponents or critics. Mandy Johnson, CEO of the Small Charities Coalition, said: “The Small Charities Coalition welcomes this initiative by the National Cyber Security Centre. As a Coalition we are proactively encouraging small charities to make more use of digital technology, so the timing of this guidance is especially helpful.” The National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ, has published advice for charities on how they can protect themselves against cyber attacks such as fraud and extortion. It is based on a threat assessment on the sector.This is the first threat assessment that the NCSC has carried out for the sector. It reveals how charities’ funds, supporter details and information on beneficiaries “is being targeted” according to the NCSC.Not surprisingly, financial gain is a leading motivation for online criminals to target charities. A successful attack can have devastating consequences for a small charity in particular to continue delivering its services. For example, one UK charity lost £13,000 after its CEO’s emails were hacked to send a fraudulent message instructing their financial manager to release the funds.The scale of cyber-attacks against charities is not clear, according to the assessment, due in part to under-reporting.Why target charities?Charities have been targeted by online criminals for many years. From the early days of digital payments, credit card thieves would often test out card payments first on a charity donation site, on the assumption that their security or fraud-prevention set-up were less sophisticated than those of commercial retailers.Charities’ names have been used many times in phishing emails: while the charity won’t lose financially on such occasions it’s reputation can be tarnished by such attempts to impersonate a charity via e.g. a similar sounding email address to that of the charity.Malware including ransomware is another common cybercrime tool, which can lead to blackmail until a payment is made.Smaller charities in particular no doubt make a tempting target. Their investment in IT and training might be limited, and a culture of openness could make them vulnerable to fraud or extortion through data theft. Datasets containing personal details and financial information are attractive to criminals.Alison Whitney, Director for Engagement at the NCSC, said: “Cyber attacks can be devastating both financially and reputationally, but many charities may not realise how vulnerable they are to the threat. That’s why we have created these quick and easy steps that will help charities protect themselves to protect their data, assets, and reputation.”About the NCSCThe NCSC provides a single, central body for cyber security at a national level and is the UK’s technical authority on cyber. It manages national cyber security incidents, carries out real-time threat analysis and provides tailored sectoral advice. GCHQ is the parent body for the Centre, meaning that it can draw on the organisation’s world-class skills and sensitive capabilities. Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: data protection Finance Law / policy security AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 Five step guide for small charitiesIn addition to the assessment, the NCSC has published the Small Charity Guide to outline easy and low-cost steps to protect from attacks. It includes advice that is particularly useful for small organisations on five areas.1. Backing up your dataFive things to consider when backing up your data2. Protecting your organisation from malwareFree and easy-to-implement tips that can help prevent malware damaging your organisation3. Keeping your smartphones (and tablets) safeQuick tips that can help keep your mobile devices (and the information stored on them) secure4. Using passwords to protect your dataFive things to keep in mind when using passwords5. Avoiding phishing attacksSteps to help you identify the most common phishing attacks Small charity guide (c) 2018 Crown copyright. View larger version.  316 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more


first_imgThe Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, has announced that the deadline for responses to the consultation on addressing the legacy of the Troubles will be extended by three weeks to Friday 5 October.The move comes after stakeholders said they needed more time to respond.The Secretary of State said:“The legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland is an enormously sensitive and emotive issue, and I want to make sure everyone’s voice is heard as we move forward. I have listened to those who want to take a little bit more time to consider their responses – particularly those individuals who have been most affected by the Troubles, including victims and survivors and former police officers and veterans – and I am happy to extend the deadline so that they can have their say.”The UK Government launched the consultation, Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past, on 11 May to find the best way to meet the needs of victims and survivors and to help people address the impact of the Troubles. in the areas of information, justice and acknowledgement and help Northern Ireland transition to long term-term peace and stability.The original deadline for responses was 10 September, extended today to 5 October. Anyone who wishes to give their views can find more information here.last_img read more


first_img“I know Coach Tomlin is great at it,” Colbert continued. “Coach Tomlin understands and manages player emotions very well. So I have no worry about his ability — not just in Antonio’s case, but in any player’s case. Players are very emotional, they’re disappointed, they all hate the loose. We all hate to lose. And there’s some things that are said during the course of the game, especially right after the game or during the game, 10 minutes afterwards, it’s forgotten.”Colbert was asked how he feels about the “amount of drama that has been following the team the past couple of years,” and he disagreed with that description of the team, however common it’s become in the media.”I really don’t agree with the perception that there’s huge drama within the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room,” Colbert said. “Again, Coach Tomlin treats our players like men. He gives them the opportunity to be a man. And he tries to grow them not only as professional football players but as fathers and brothers or just as men. I have complete disagreement with the perception that our locker room is anything other than very functional.”Maybe it’s outside the locker room, then. Because Colbert did acknowledge the team must do better. Whether Brown remains or not, the Steelers will hope some of the current players or this season’s draft picks develop into the sort of star-level performers Bell became as a second-round draft pick or Brown did, improbably, from the sixth round. The Steelers are in a similar circumstance now, as they prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft. Finding players who fit the franchise is essential, as is managing the ascent of those who excel.”We’ll come out of this with a different opinion from where we entered,” Colbert told SN. “We scouted all these players, and now we just get some verification of what we believe. We’ll also get into the free agency process, and a player we thought we might not be able to afford, now maybe we will. And of course, that changes your draft strategy.”This thing continues to unfold, really, daily. When you get into the interviews, maybe you come away liking a kid better than you did before.” (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/43/4b/steelers-quote-022719_vt0dp4xdzr6c1aex317kl78rx.png?t=815359425&w=500&quality=80 It is a different time now.Pittsburgh is the Steel City in name only, and it appears that can be true of Steelers players, too.MORE: Latest Antonio Brown trade rumors”We want players to grow into great players, Pro Bowlers, potential Hall of Famers,” general manager Kevin Colbert told Sporting News at the NFL Combine. “But I think we’re learning, and it’s a different world. We look at what we’re doing here at the Combine, 30 years ago it didn’t happen. So it’s a different world. Social media has changed things. Branding has changed things.”So we have to do a better job of managing young players as they grow into megastars. That’s something I think we’re learning on the fly. It’s a little more relevant this year because of Le’Veon’s situation and Antonio’s situation. But the lesson is, maybe we’ve got to catch these guys when they’re young.”The Steelers’ struggle — oh, hell, their inability — to manage these two personalities defined the 2018 season (Bell) and the 2019 offseason (Brown). They were the No. 1 story in the NFL until the alleged improprieties of Patriots owner Robert Kraft knocked them off the front page.Holding nearly $15 million of their salary cap aside for Bell and thus leaving too much of their defense in disrepair helped lead to the team not making the playoffs for the first time since 2013. That impending failure seemed to spark a greater degree of discontentment from Brown, whose refusal to show up for work in the days preceding the season’s final game led to him being declared inactive and to AB responding by demanding a trade. INDIANAPOLIS — Antonio Brown wants out, and he has talked, tweeted, posted and emojied about his desire to leave the Steelers pretty much weekly since they were eliminated from playoff contention on the final day of the regular season. Le’Veon Bell wanted so little to do with the team he declined $14.5 million to play for it, then then $13.6 million, then $12.7 million and, ultimately, $6 million by the time the final deadline to play in 2018 had passed.This is not how it typically works in Pittsburgh. There are 10 Steelers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame who never played a game with another NFL franchise. Their past three coaches have had an average tenure of 17 years. And counting.center_img It’s still not clear if that will happen, although the Steelers promised Brown they would try. It remains the most likely next step, but Colbert reiterated Wednesday the team only is interested in a deal if it involves a reasonable return.”Antonio Brown is one of the best players in the National Football League. We like to have him on our team,” Colbert said. “So if you lose a player like that, if you decide to take a player like that off your team, you best have the compensation that would justify removing that player in the form of a draft pick or picks, or a player and picks just so you can try to balance off the great loss that will happen when you lose that player.”Anything we do has to benefit us.”Colbert said earlier this month he had been contacted by three teams interested in trading for Brown. “What I would say is that interest has grown and it’ll continue to grow one way or another because we’re here at the Combine, we’re learning about alternatives to your current team. Whatever the position may be, you may come away feeling better, you may feel worse. But the one thing that doesn’t change is Brown’s value not only to us, but to anybody in the National Football League. He is who he is. So we have to weigh that. Other teams have to weigh that against what their alternatives are, and that’ll be more clear at the end of this week.”Colbert said he would like to trade Brown to a team the Steelers never have to play, obviously an impossibility in the NFL. If a team in the AFC North wants AB, though, Colbert made it clear it would come at a hefty price.MORE: Where will Brown play in 2019?Since the end of the season, when Brown essentially quit on the team by declining to attend a scheduled medical test and then having his agent call coach Mike Tomlin to declare Brown ready to play against the Bengals — Tomlin responded that playing was “wasn’t on the menu” — AB has reiterated his desire to be traded from the team in myriad venues, from Instagram and Twitter to media interviews during Super Bowl week. He declined to respond to repeated efforts from Tomlin and team president Art Rooney II to contact him, but ultimately met Feb. 19 with Rooney. The team promised an attempt to accommodate him.There are salary cap issues for the Steelers if they do trade Brown, and also the concern about having to face him on the field. Brown has produced six consecutive seasons of 100 or more catches and caught 15 touchdown passes in 2018, even without playing in that final game.Colbert was pressed hard on whether it was possible for a player who has taken these public and private actions still could function comfortably with the team. It was hard not to get the impression Colbert was protecting Brown’s trade value as he answered.”I’ve seen players during the course of a game, after a game, after a season to the next season — things always change,” Colbert said. “And that’s, that’s not uncommon. We’ve seen it a million times. Players get emotional, players get through it … teams benefit if they can all manage that.” In October 2014, after Matt Painter’s Purdue Boilermakers had finished last in the Big Ten with a 5-13 league record and missed a second consecutive NCAA Tournament, the coach stood up at Big Ten basketball media and blamed himself for that decline. He said “it was not for lack of talent” the Boilers were losing, rather he had neglected to recruit to the program’s culture. He believed that year’s freshman class was prepared to change everything; indeed, that group never missed the NCAA Tournament, won the 2017 Big Ten title and last year finished with 30 wins. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e5/b1/colbert-quote-022719-getty-ftr_1oeex5wj49jyx1hwlq364y98ff.png?t=814818849&w=500&quality=80last_img read more


first_imgQPR face Reading at Loftus Road on Sunday. Test your knowledge of the history between the clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-52]  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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgDespite modern innovations, a dedicated light meter is still the best way to ensure consistent and high-quality results on your video projects.Top image via ShutterstockWhen exposing your scene, you have countless options — from simply eyeballing the visuals on your monitor to using your camera’s histogram or zebra stripes. But there is no denying that light meters are far and away the most accurate — and specific — way to measure exposure.Unfortunately, many in-camera exposure options will not always give you specific enough information to make exposure adjustments with. For instance, your histogram may show that you have a hot spot in your image, but you won’t necessarily know where that hotspot is coming from. It essentially gives you an average readout from your sensor (which can be helpful and is certainly better than using nothing), but doesn’t give you the full picture of what’s really going on in your shot.Image via ShutterstockA light meter, on the other hand, can be used to gain exposure information on various points within your frame quickly and easily. While you can use a light meter in spot mode (which works in a similar way to your camera’s built-in light meter), many DPs like to shoot in incident mode. When shooting with an incident light meter, you can simply hold the meter in front of your talent’s face and point it at camera.It will effectively gather the amount of light hitting your talent and let you know what your exposure settings should be based on the amount of light. If you were to use a light meter in spot mode, you would point it at your subject from the camera POV, and it would be taking a reading based on the amount of reflected light from your subject.Both incident and spot metering can be useful in different scenarios, but for the purpose of this post, we will focus on incident metering.Using Incident MeteringTo properly meter your subjects using an incident meter, you’ll first want to input the exposure information that you already have. Assuming you are shooting at 24p, you can set your shutter speed on the meter to 1/50 and your ISO level to whatever the native ISO of your camera is — let’s say, 800.When you take a reading of your subject, since you’ve already locked in your shutter speed and ISO value, the meter will give you an f-stop reading that represents the aperture value you need to hit in order to achieve perfect exposure. If you’re shooting on a bright day, the reading might be something high — like f16, which can be problematic if you want to shoot wide open and achieve shallow DOF.In a situation like this, you might choose to use your light meter in a different way. For example, you might choose to also lock in an f-stop value of f/2.8 and let your meter tell you how many stops you will overexpose your talent when using those settings. If you’re five stops over, you can simply use ND filters to cut the five stops of light without having to adjust exposure settings in camera.Image via stillmotionThis is just one basic example of how a light meter can be used, but there really are countless uses for one on any set. Many DPs like to use meters to understand contrast ratios, or they’ll meter their lights directly in order to understand exactly how much light is being generated by each individual source.Regardless of how you choose to use it, there’s no question that the light meter is a fundamental tool that can not be replaced with any of your in-camera exposure tools. You may not need to use one, but you will inevitably get better quality — and more consistent — results when you do.The following video from stillmotion explains some of the fundamentals of metering, and is a great watch for those interested in purchasing a light meter.Do you use a light meter on your film set? Share in the comments below.last_img read more


first_imgAgent of AC Milan midfielder Locatelli says he’s happy at Sassuoloby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of AC Milan midfielder Manuel Locatelli says he’s happy at Sassuolo.Locatelli joined Sassuolo on loan last summer with an obligatory purchase option.“He had the courage to leave Milan,” Stefano Castelnovo told Gazzetta dello Sport.“It wasn’t a choice for everyone, but in my opinion it was a winning one. He’s grateful to his former team, but it was right to look forward.“Sassuolo will buy him for €12m. After that we’ll see, but I really believe he’ll stay for at least another season.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img


first_imgMan City boss Guardiola: Fixture bosses must be Liverpool fansby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has joked the Premier League fixture compilers must be Liverpool fans.City accused the Premier League of threatening the “sporting integrity” of the competition after handing the champions a fixture schedule that could give rivals Liverpool a big advantage in the title race. City’s chief operating officer, Omar Berrada, claimed the fixture scheduling undermined the integrity of the Premier League, with Guardiola joking the authorities were not fans of the double champions.“Maybe the broadcasters are fans for some clubs,” joked Guardiola.“We have meetings with Premier League, managers, UEFA, they are so glad, nice pictures, it doesn’t matter, we have to play.“It is what it is. Since I came here, every season it’s the same, the broadcasters are the bosses, it’s not about us.“But I love to play boxing day, when the families go to the stadiums, the players travel, but the system does not protect the players too much.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more