Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Cybersecurity - try our recommended research links.

Last week's WannaCrypt software cyberattack has led to concerns about cybersecurity.
The official Microsoft blog posted a  message entitled:

The need for urgent collective action to keep people safe online: Lessons from last week’s cyberattack
UK government offered some advice
Eurpol blogged about the issues relating to the Ransomware attack . Their website has a section devoted to cybercrime

Here are some recommended links for academic researchers

How common are cyber attacks?
the Uk government conducts a regular cuber security breaches bulletin. Respondents are asked about their approach to cyber security and any breaches or attacks over the 12 months before the interview. Results are available by business size.

Shockingly :

Just under half (46%) of all businesses identified at least one breach or
attack in the last year. The most common types of breaches related to
staff receiving fraudulent emails (72% of those who identified a breach or
attack), followed by viruses and malware (33%), people impersonating the
organisation online (27%) and ransomware (17%).

Institute of Directors has  published a survey in 2016 which found that 37% of IoD members lead or work in organisations without a formal cyber security strategy, Cyber security: Ensuring business is ready for the 21st century

Also in 2016, the Federation of Small Businesses published a report that two thirds of FSB members had been a victim of cyber crime in the last two years, costing an average of £3,000 per business.
Price Waterhouse Cooper has released a Global State of Information Security Report which surveys progress and threats to business on a global scale.

2017 Symantec Internet Security Threat report examines the level of threat and instances ocuring. It includes data on ransomware.
For comparisons between countries see this interesting blog post from Comparitech which is based on statista data and compares instances of attacks with degrees of internet freedom

 UK government policy
Try searching the UK government website for the latest policy documents, guidance and legislation relating to cybersecurity. 
These include the National strategy
NHS information governnance strategy
NHS England information security strategy 2016

Research centres
Royal Society report on Cybersecurity 
Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSRs) scheme is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (now the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy [BEIS]), the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (OCSIA) and Research Councils UK (RCUK). It website provides links and news.






Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Are you thriving or surviving ?- free academic resources for researching Mental Health issues

This week is Mental Health Awareness week.
According to the latest report from the Mental Health Foundation- only 13% of its Uk survey noted that they had good mental health, 4 in 10 had experienced depression and 25% panic attacks. So it is a key issue for everyone.



Here are some free starting points for researching  academic studies on causes, management, treatment and survival of a range of mental health issues.

For members of the public NHS choices has advice on health issues and suggestions on improving your mood.
NHS evidence has more detailed clinical information,evidence reviews on treatments and guidelines for health workers. Many items are offered in full text.

Social care online - offers free abstracts and referneces to articles and reports covering mental health from a social care perspective. Mainly UK based.

Pubmed has references to recent articles.
Cochrane library has examples of systematic reviews covering mental health

Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress (PILOTS) Database is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental health consequences of exposure to traumatic events.



OECD Provides access via its website to some recent reports and statistical indicators on mental health (mainly in OECD Nations)

World Health Organization (WHO) has reports and data on mental health issues worldwide. It includes a mental health atlas published in 2014 which has country provides on mental health, governance, services and resources in individual member countries.