We were approached by a software company who were developing a new iteration of their most popular product. We were tasked with not only performing penetration tests on the new software, but also assessing how secure their environment was, as they had concerns that the successful launch of the new product could be compromised if pirated copies were made available on the internet
The UK equine market is an incredibly dynamic and developing industry. The British Horse Society estimate that 6% of the UK population have ridden a horse in the last year with the equestrian industry thought to be worth around £3.3 billion annually. Sovereign Horseboxes are a top tier UK manufacturer of bespoke luxury horseboxes, bringing together cutting-edge innovation, increased functionality and a genuine passion for the Equestrian industry. Each horsebox is meticulously handcrafted to meet each of the customer’s requirements, and their friendly and professional customer service is a hallmark of their service.
Sending large packets of data to the ground from an aircraft or even a satellite is not at all straightforward. The spectrum of radio frequencies is over-subscribed and there is just no room for the extra radio traffic. That is a potential stumbling block for the many new businesses being set up to exploit advances around satellite- derived data technology and unmanned aircraft surveying or similar applications. Laser technology, proven in cD and DVD players, offers a solution. It lends itself to higher speed data transfers than radio waves and is not subject to radio frequency (rF) spectrum licensing. Yet keeping a laser beam fixed on a drone flying at 10 metres per second and being buffeted by air currents poses difficulties. A team of engineers based at Airbus Group Innovations in Newport, South Wales, has been trying to overcome the problem, working with Oxford University on project Hyperion, funded by Innovate UK. Installing a laser on the aircraft is impractical because of size and weight constraints. However, the team proved they could establish a data connection using a programmable reflective lens to steer the laser beam on to a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and then ‘bouncing’ it back to the ground. Project leader Yoann Thueux explained: “A modulated retro-reflector on the UAV encodes the data before the beam is then reflected back, transformed into an electrical signal. We use infrared light, which is invisible, safe, and travels further than visible light.” The really clever innovation was using a solid-state technology to steer the beam so accurately that it could maintain the data link connection. Yoann added: “The laser beam pointing has to be very accurate in tracking a device measuring no more than 50mm square on a moving uaV more than a kilometre away. We have tested this to 1.2 kilometres. With more laser power, we could go to longer distances. “We have had very good results. this laser technology is limited by weather conditions and we’re not suggesting it will completely replace low data-rate rF communications for control and safety. However, this technology will allow you to download a massive amount of data when you have good visibility.” This case study was originally published in Innovate UK: Aerospace SME case studies, 2015 and is reproduced here under the Open Government Licence v 3.
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The 2008 recession changed the way financial instituitons are regulated, with the introduction of tougher regulations and financial reporting requirements. KnowCo's solution is a smart software tool, enabling fast compliance and minimising risk.
A very large, global business engaged us with a view to creating a new Information Security Strategy after suffering from a number of security breaches which incurred significant losses – one of which was valued at over £20m. After reviewing their current Strategy and Policies, we discovered four key areas that needed improvement; Their current strategy was too focused on technology, with little attention given to the human factors in Information Protection.The result was a strategy that dictated technical solutions (“You must use this specific type of Firewall”) but neglected to consider the wider implications of security. Information Security decisions were based entirely upon what the IT Department thought it should be doing, with no input from the business. There was no clearly identifiable single point of contact for the business to engage with for Information Security concerns. The current practices of the IT Department were directly contributing to the loss of information, with issues such as cloning current or former user accounts for new starters, failing to revoke access for users who had moved on, and neglecting to fully wipe desktops, laptops and external hard drives prior to re-use or disposal.
A very large, global UK business had a history of recurring Access Control issues in SAP which caused a number of serious security breaches. The internal IT team reacted to those control issues and mitigated them as part of a BAU process, but the solutions that were applied did not address the root causes of the access violations and only treated the symptoms. . There was also a lack of security governance for SAP, resulting in inconsistent processes, absence of standards and policies, and incomplete security controls.
Tech-Wales provide high quality IT support services across the UK. From our base in South Wales we can provide day to day IT support services, cloud migration services and application integration services. In this testimonial you will hear how we support graphene technology company Haydale with their IT requirements.