Cyber vulnerability: Log4j update and actions

 

Recently, a severe vulnerability has been identified in Log4j which is a piece of software widely used by applications and other services across the internet.

You may have heard about this in the news or read about it online.

What does it mean for you and your business?

The vulnerability means businesses can be exposed to cyber attacks so it’s important that your IT team or outsource service provider take action to identify if your systems are at risk. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued some advice and guidance on fixing the issue here.

It may not be immediately clear if the software, servers or systems that are used rely on the Log4j component, so it is vital to follow the guidance from the NCSC above.

In addition if you have a cyber policy, it is critical that you install the relevant updates and ‘patch’ your systems accordingly to ensure you continue to receive all the benefits of your policy.

Four simple steps to enhance your cyber protection

 

The threat of a cyber attack remains one of the biggest potential risks for UK business owners.

Taking these small steps will help ensure that your business is protected.

 

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Risks and hazards in the hospitality sector

Nationally there is in excess of 220,000 pubs, cafes, restaurants and hotels.

Food and beverage are the largest of the UK’s hospitality sectors and one of the UK’s biggest employers. While the industry is a dynamic and diverse one, businesses are exposed to a common set of risks – from property and equipment to the food itself and, of course, reputation.

RSA have examined the main risks and hazards you face as an owner or manager of this type of establishment and have created this useful guide which includes practical tips for planning ahead.

The guide includes specific advice for the following

  • Kitchen fire safety
  • Electrical safety
  • External storage and arson
  • Laundry fires
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Escape of water

To help ensure your staff and customers are protected, please click here to download the guide

 

The importance of prioritising both inspection and maintenance of machinery and plant

Why is it important?

Not only does it help protect your staff and keep members of the public safe, but it also helps to prevent interruptions to day-to-day business activities and potentially expensive repair costs.

The words ‘inspection’ and ‘maintenance’ are often grouped together when referring to plant and machinery but in reality, the terms have different and distinct meanings.

In this article from Allianz, they examine why both activities are vitally important. They also look at specific associated health and safety requirements and the potential pitfalls of not keeping equipment in safe, working order.

Click here to view the full article.

If you want to find out more about how you can help keep the workplace safe and open for business, ask your broker for more information about Engineering Inspection services.