Could corporate spying be a larger threat to business security than cyber attacks?

Processes around new starters, external suppliers and visitors should be rigorously assessed and shared with the relevant employees.The risk from lost documents is one that is often superficially understood but plans to mitigate those dangers are rarely well implemented. A clean desk policy should be compiled and implemented, but a major challenge around such policies is the ongoing and strict enforcement. This is the critical element in such a policy which ties in with process around secure and timely disposal of sensitive data printed out.Based on the sensitivity of the data a company handles, one business consideration is whether to ban printouts or to set up a process where employees can only print out documents with an access card both to the print room as well as the printer itself. He never attended the meetings, and instead swept through the company’s offices, stealing as much business critical information as he could before anyone became aware of the breach.Fake letterThe real new starter arrived an hour later with a genuine passport in hand. The competitor’s espionage agents had targeted him via social media posts, firstly bragging about his new job and secondly identifying his start date and office location.They sent him a fake letter, changing the arrangements for his first day and by the time he arrived, the spy had left the premises unnoticed, taking with him a substantial amount of commercially sensitive information in the form of paperwork, and the laptops of two members of the senior management team.At the time of the incident, both managers had been away from their desks, called to bogus meetings. The breach was significant and damaging to the organisation, amounting to the theft of detailed strategic plans and financial information.National Cyber Security CentreToday the UK government opened the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) London Hub, warning that cyber attacks on business are increasing in their frequency and severity. All of the focus is on cyber; however, companies could potentially be left seriously exposed if all they have is a cyber security plan. Many businesses consider the threat of a cyber-attack to be their biggest security concern and at their peril they ignore the threat of data loss where corporate spies uncover serious shortcomings in physical security arrangements.Corporate spies play on basic weaknesses, knowledge gaps and human frailty – there is little point in monitoring systems if you don’t also monitor the people who have access to them. While a cyber attack can bring down a company’s systems or access confidential information, there are many more ways that competitors or other corporate spies can attack a business. These methods can also enable a more in-depth cyber attack later, compounding the losses already suffered.TheftCompanies routinely have loss-prevention programmes to counter the theft of equipment. But arguably the greatest threat to their business is the theft of information on those devices such as mobile phones or laptops, rather than considering the loss crudely in terms of the value of the devices themselves. Bruce Wimmer Sensitive information shared in conversations, meetings, telephone calls and in paper documents is also vulnerable and if not protected, businesses are at risk of being critically compromised. Business executives are extremely vulnerable to spying when travelling. Travel security programmes address terror threats, criminal threats, potential political instability, even health and natural disasters, but they rarely cover business espionage threats – even though the business espionage threats almost always pose a more serious adverse business impact. Tuesday 14 February 2017 11:36 am whatsapp There are a number of things that businesses can do to protect their information.As part of a security audit, rights of access and rights of way for all staff and all services staff such as cleaners, engineers and IT professionals should be mapped out, agreed and tested. It is much easier and quicker to walk off with a laptop or a stack of documents than to access computer systems, and there are often fewer barriers to doing so. Disgruntled employees, competitors, foreign governments, and suppliers can act as an insider threat, over short and long periods of time, with little chance of detection if the business is only focusing on external cyber threats. The insider threat is a growing problem through planted spies and contract employees as well as employees being duped. whatsapp What to look out for: Potential workplace threats Share Could corporate spying be a larger threat to business security than cyber attacks? The impact of business spying not involving a cyber intrusion is on the rise and is one of the greatest security risks to businesses, dwarfing the threat from cyber attacks. The cost to business is as high as $1.1 trillion annually, according to estimates compiled by G4S’ corporate risk services division.That compares to the impact of cyber-related espionage, which is estimated to be $400bn a year, the stealing of business critical data through infiltrating an organisation remotely. When a fresh-faced graduate reported promptly one morning for his first day at a financial institution, he offered up a passport as identification.Reception staff checked his name off a list of other new recruits and issued him with a building pass to join scheduled induction sessions. 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Aldi takes on Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges with luxury wine discounts this Christmas

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UK brushes aside German plan for EU-wide minimum rate of corporation tax

first_img Express KCS Tuesday 26 May 2015 9:20 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmNovelodgePierce Brosnan’s Wife Lost 120 Pounds – This Is Her NowNovelodgeTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal Past Tags: NULL The government has knocked back a move by German authorities to introduce a minimum rate of corporation tax across the European Union, saying that such proposals would not survive a vote involving the EU’s 28 member states.  It is understood that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande want to introduce such proposals at the next European Council meeting in June. A German government source told City A.M. that Berlin intended to push for an EU-wide minimum rate. “We want to bring a threshold into the discussion,” the source said, adding that the government had yet to identify a specific number for the standardised corporation tax rate.  But the UK Treasury responded by pointing out that any reforms would require the approval of all 28 EU member states. A Treasury spokesperson said: “Direct taxation is a matter for EU countries, and any direct taxation matters require unanimity across all EU countries.” And Number 10 said that the Prime Minister would not back the reforms. “We have a long-standing view on tax harmonisation, which is not to support it,” the spokesperson said. Cameron is due to meet with both Hollande and Merkel this week as part of his efforts to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU. The UK currently has a corporation tax rate of 20 per cent, the lowest among the G7 countries. Germany’s rate ranges between 30 and 33 per cent, depending on the firm, while France has 33 per cent basic rate and 36.6 per cent higher rate of tax. Raoul Ruparel from the Open Europe think tank told City A.M. that the Franco-German proposals were “mostly a political show” and  unlikely to “go anywhere”.  Robert Oxley of the eurosceptic group Business for Britain added: “This shows the EU’s move towards harmonisation and greater fiscal control. Our low level of corporation tax has inspired a lot of investment.”  whatsapp More From Our Partners Matt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comcenter_img UK brushes aside German plan for EU-wide minimum rate of corporation tax Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapplast_img read more

News / Booming cross-border e-commerce driving change in supply chains

first_img By Gavin van Marle 20/03/2019 Online shopping and e-ID 44905065 © Gajus | Dreamstime.com The global e-commerce sector grew 18.2% last year, driven by greater volumes of cross-border traffic, according to new research from logistics consultancy Transport Intelligence.Ti’s recently published Global e-commerce logistics 2019  e-commerce is moving from simply being business-to-consumer (B2C) into B2B, C2C and even C2BIt says: “The explosive growth in cross-border e-commerce is bringing all stakeholders in the supply chain into direct contact with one another and challenging the status quo.“Whilst gaining access to millions, if not billions, of new consumers is an attractive proposition for e-commerce companies, targeting purchasers in foreign markets is not necessarily the easiest of strategies.”However, despite the headlines it has attracted, mostly because of its explosive growth rates, the e-commerce market remains surprisingly small: Ti values it at €245m and expects it to have a compound annual growth rate of 11.8% through to 2023.The report adds that the largest potential growth market for logistics service providers (LSPs) is to be found in the small- to medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector, which it says is driving “opportunity and growth in the e-commerce fulfilment market”.“Although SMEs are aware of the global e-commerce opportunities, many are still unsure on how best to navigate difficult waters when it comes to cross-border exports and overcoming the logistics challenges that come with doing business overseas.“The SME segment has typically been underserved, as LSPs focused primarily on larger clients, and now represents a major growth opportunity in the e-fulfilment market,” it notes.For larger e-commerce operators, Ti says, the degree of outsourcing is dependent on whether it is a marketplace or brand name retailer.The former, with advanced IT systems, typically only require freight transport services and rarely outsource the end-to-end supply chain. The reverse is true of brand-name retailers that sell goods through their own websites – termed “brands.com” by Ti.“Brands.com represent the largest market for e-commerce logistics providers, as they are most likely to benefit from 3PLs’ investment in technology systems and operational knowhow.“The omni-channel push plays a significant role in this. Outsourcing logistics functions is a cost-effective way for brands.com to get the competency they need to properly manage the process from multi-channel to omni-channel,” it says.last_img read more

LISTEN: The FDA’s cold shoulder, the latest CAR-T contender, and how Grindr relates to personal genetics

first_img What’s it like to be a biotech investor? Do you know where your genetic data are? And what does it mean when the FDA swipes left on your drug?We tackle all that and more on the latest episode of “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. Tune in for a recap of the lively chat about capitalism we had on Wednesday, a dive into the latest CAR-T upheaval, and a discussion of how the FDA’s quote-unquote flexibility might be a little more rigid than biotech thought. Also we talk about Grindr.For more on the topics we cover, here’s a story on the new CAR-T company; here’s the news on Alkermes and the FDA; and here’s the BuzzFeed News scoop on Grindr.advertisement [email protected] The Readout LOUDLISTEN: The FDA’s cold shoulder, the latest CAR-T contender, and how Grindr relates to personal genetics We’ll be back next Thursday evening — and every Thursday evening — so be sure to sign up on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.And if you have any feedback for us — topics to cover, guests to invite, vocal tics to cease — you can email [email protected] By Damian Garde , Rebecca Robbins, and Adam Feuerstein April 5, 2018 Reprints Damian Garde National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. Adam Feuersteincenter_img Tags cancergeneticspodcastpolicy [email protected] @adamfeuerstein Senior Writer, Biotech Adam is STAT’s national biotech columnist, reporting on the intersection of biotech and Wall Street. He’s also a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. About the Authors Reprints @damiangarde last_img read more

Recapping ASCO 2020, talking cancer therapy combinations, and looking to the future

first_img Log In | Learn More Lung cancer cells Anne Weston/Francis Crick Institute/Wellcome By Elizabeth Cooney June 3, 2020 Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. About the Author Reprints Recapping ASCO 2020, talking cancer therapy combinations, and looking to the future @cooney_liz GET STARTED [email protected] Before it even started, ASCO 2020 was one for the books. Held virtually for the first time in its history instead of at Chicago’s massive McCormick Place conference center, the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s big meeting also shrank from five days to three last weekend.After following ASCO news from afar, STAT’s Adam Feuerstein on Wednesday continued in that vein, hosting a virtual chat with three noted oncologists to get their take on the future of cancer therapy. After big news from AstraZeneca in lung cancer, Johnson & Johnson in multiple myeloma, and Allogene in off-the-shelf gene therapy, they paused to reflect on their field — and ASCO 2021. Here are some of their observations:center_img Health What is it? General Assignment Reporter Liz focuses on cancer, biomedical engineering, and how patients feel the effects of Covid-19. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Elizabeth Cooney What’s included? Unlock this article — and get additional analysis of the technologies disrupting health care — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Tags Bostoncancerdrug developmentgene therapyprecision medicineSTAT+last_img read more

In lab experiment, Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine less potent against coronavirus variant

first_img Covid-19 cases are falling in the U.S. It could be a calm before a variant-driven storm How a scientific journal’s ‘grotesque overreaction’ inflamed the contentious debate over Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug Both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines finished clinical trials before the emergence of B.1.351 and other variants of concern, so there are no clinical data for how they defend against the newer iterations of the virus. But in their trials, both were shown to be greater than 90% efficacious at preventing symptomatic Covid-19, so some experts have argued that even if they lose some of their oomph against particular variants, they have enough cushion to remain highly protective. But the drops in efficacy in the Novavax and J&J trials against the variant have led some experts to believe that the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines would show similar declines if they were tested against B.1.351 in clinical settings. Earlier this month, South Africa halted the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine after an analysis showed it only “provided minimal protection” against mild Covid-19, though the data were based on a small number of patients and researchers are still investigating. The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine loses some potency against the coronavirus variant that first appeared in South Africa, researchers reported Wednesday, based on lab experiments. What the findings mean for how well the vaccine will protect real people from the variant, called B.1.351, is hard to tell. But clinical data from three other vaccines — those from AstraZeneca, Novavax, and Johnson & Johnson — have already shown the shots are not as powerful at blocking symptomatic Covid-19 cases caused by B.1.351 as by other forms of the virus. In the new study, which was published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from Pfizer, BioNTech, and the University of Texas Medical Branch examined how well blood taken from people who had received the companies’ shot fought off a virus engineered to have the key mutations found in B.1.351. They reported that there was about a two-thirds drop in neutralization power against the variant compared to other forms of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. advertisement Tags Coronaviruspublic healthVaccines @DrewQJoseph [email protected] HealthIn lab experiment, Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine less potent against coronavirus variant About the Author Reprints Related: ‘What other variants might be out there?’ An expert on viral evolution on what’s happening with coronavirus mutations Moderna, the maker of the other Covid-19 vaccine authorized in the United States, last month reported that its vaccine was also less potent against B.1.351 in lab experiments, but said it believed the levels of antibodies generated should still be protective.  It can be difficult to extrapolate what such lab experiments mean for what happens if someone who received the vaccine is exposed to the variant. For one, these experiments only look at how one arm of the immune system, called neutralizing antibodies, responds to the modified virus. The vaccines generate a range of immune fighters, including other types of antibodies and T cells, so it’s possible that overall people retain more of their defenses in fending off the virus. It’s also possible that even though neutralizing antibodies don’t work as well against the variant, they can still mount enough activity to have an impact. Moreover, vaccines that are less effective against B.1.351 or other variants that may emerge may still protect people from getting severe Covid-19; it’s just that they’re not as powerful against milder disease.advertisement But based on the available data, some experts fear that the immunity elicited by vaccines won’t last as long against B.1.351 as against other variants, and that the immunizations won’t be able to drag down transmission of B.1.351 as well as they appear to be limiting the spread of other variants. Already, vaccine makers are working on booster shots specifically targeting B.1.351 or that could defend against multiple strains of the coronavirus, and regulators are considering how the updated shots could be authorized without needing to go through the full gamut of clinical trials. In a statement, Pfizer and BioNTech noted that “there is no clinical evidence to date” that their vaccine doesn’t work as well against B.1.351. “Nevertheless, Pfizer and BioNTech are taking the necessary steps, making the right investments, and engaging in the appropriate conversations with regulators to be in a position to develop and seek authorization for an updated mRNA vaccine or booster once a strain that significantly reduces the protection from the vaccine is identified.” FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images Andrew Joseph General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. Related: Related: By Andrew Joseph Feb. 17, 2021 Reprintslast_img read more

Sand bags, stress and sympathy but no quick solutions in sight for Laois flooding

first_img Pinterest Twitter Councillors accepted that the local authority personnel are meanwhile doing their best to allay concerns and alleviate the impact of swelling waterways, burst river banks and flooding.Meanwhile though the elected reps bemoaned the lack of river maintenance. There were repeated calls for silt removal and dredging which the politicians insisted was urgently needed and has been neglected for years.While some remedial works along rivers is possible at designated times of the year, the councillors were advised that there are statutory responsibilities and restrictions on what works can be conducted along river beds.Director of Services, Mr Simon Walton accepted that families and communities are stressed and living in fear for fear of flooding recurring.He went on to spell out the realities of works programmes in the pipeline and the lead in times involved.The Council has set aside €409,000 in this year’s revenue budget for drainage maintenance programmes and a 5-year strategy which will be presented in April is currently being prepared. €85,000 of this allocation has been ring-fenced for specific works on the River Nore.There are 118 flood relief schemes earmarked across the State in the National Development Plan up to 2040.Of these only two Laois schemes, Mountmellick and Portarlington, are designated in the top 50. Rathdowney is included in the 118 but still down the line in terms of funding to go to consultation and design. Interim local works are being considered for Shannon Street, Mountrath this summer, but any major works for Mountrath are back to the drawing board in terms of a cost-benefit analysis.The Director of Services disclosed that it would be 2022 or 2023 at the earliest before the Mountmellick works commence. Portarlington works are further back again with design consultants expected to be appointed over the next two months.Flooding at the park along the River Barrow in Portarlington.In response to a clamour from councillors to clean and dredge rivers so as to protect homes, towns and farmland Mr Walton pointed out that the local authority could only address the waterways for which it had assumed statutory responsibility with the abolition of the drainage boards in 2014.He also cautioned that for in-river works such as dredging, a whole series of consents are required due to over 20 legal designations and restrictions concerning environmental, fishing and protected species designations.“Our main focus initially will be on vegetation clearance which can prove useful and helpful as there are a whole series of designations involved before you can tackle silting works and that’s the facts of the matter,” he advised councillors.The River Nore is swollen to the brim and overflowing onto the banks at Castletown.SEE ALSO: Shock and objections greet plans for new quarry beside Abbeyleix Bog reserve Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival By John Whelan – 25th February 2020 Facebook Sand bags, stress and sympathy but no quick solutions in sight for Laois flooding Home News Council Sand bags, stress and sympathy but no quick solutions in sight for… NewsCouncil Previous articleWATCH: Young Laois boy writes poem for Aidan Fogarty of Dancing With The StarsNext articleTwo disqualified drivers and motorist reversing on M7 arrested in separate Laois incidents John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. Facebook Pinterest Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Flooding this week along the River Barrow in Portarlington. Not surprisingly there have been a flood of concerns over flooding across Laois this week.Virtually non-stop rainfall and water-logged land have combined to put many local communities on high alert with sandbags at the ready.Worst affected again is Mountmellick on the banks of the Owenass and Barrow rivers.Mountmellick is top of the list for flood relief intervention but it most likely will be at least 2023 before there are any significant works undertaken.Flooding in Mountmellick first hit this season on February 10 temporarily closing the N80 through the town and the authorities have been battling with the elements and brimming river levels ever since.Other flashpoints across the county are once again Portarlington, Mountrath, Castletown and Rathdowney.While these are the worst affected areas there are however dozens of locations flooded with more land under water than ever and the incidents more regular and more severe.Laois Council Chairman, Willie Aird gave the issue top priority at the February local authority meeting this week to highlight concerns and try source solutions.However, while public representatives were updated on proposed interventions they also heard that there are no quick fix solutions or immediate mitigation measures.Rather than flood relief works emerging in weeks or months the meeting heard it’s going to take years. Mountmellick is top of the list, followed by Portarlington, then Rathdowney, but even these are years out before material flood relief defences commence.In the meantime the local authority is doing its utmost to assist individuals and communities most at risk and smaller interventions are being explored.Among the locations considered for works are Clonterry, Cloncannon, Cloneygowan, Cloncough, Kilbricken; Shannon Street, Mountrath and Inchycooley. WhatsApp Electric Picnic News Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic TAGSfloodingMountmellickMountrathPortarlingtonRathdowney Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApplast_img read more

A changing North Korea demands a customized approach to freedom of…

first_imgAnalysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion SHARE Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] A changing North Korea demands a customized approach to freedom of information advocacycenter_img Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” North Koreans are gaining greater access to uncensored information about regional conditions and world events thanks to new forms of media and technology flooding into the country from abroad. Former North Korean ambassador Thae Yong Ho – who defected to South Korea with his family in 2016 – has spoken at length about the spread of information in North Korea. Thae noted that North Korean residents use such information to gain a better understanding of life on the peninsula and beyond, and as a result are becoming more critical of the propaganda presented to them by the authorities. The most recent findings from the CSIS Beyond Parallel poll confirm these assertions.At a recent press conference, Thae said, “The arrival of information by USBs, and drones, etc. will enlighten residents about the Kim regime’s fabrications and bring about the regime’s collapse. As I became aware of South Korea’s economic rise and democratization through the internet and other means, I realized that the Kim government has no future. The regime continues to produce a never-ending stream of propaganda, but the shaky logic of this content is becoming apparent. As more North Koreans become awakened to the truth, the likelihood is high that more and more will feel a sense of estrangement towards their government.” Thae’s descriptions paint a broad picture of the desires and sentiments of ordinary North Koreans. Although only a limited number of people have smartphones that can access radio broadcasts, informants in the country report that the demand for such devices is consistently high. In addition, there is a lot of interest in alternative devices like the Chinese-made notetels (portable  media players) and domestically-produced North Korean smartphones. It has been five years since electronic devices like laptops, external hard drives, and digital cameras first emerged in the official markets without special restrictions. Smugglers have secured protection from State Security Department officials through bribery, allowing them to import USBs and SD cards loaded with foreign media.   North Koreans working and living abroad, like former Minister Thae, also have greater access to foreign media via the internet and smartphones, which they use to understand how North Korea is viewed by the outside world. Party cadres and diplomatic staff are not allowed to access or disseminate content critical of Kim Jong Un in North Korea, but they are accustomed to freely accessing information outside. Such individuals deserve our special attention and should be considered as targets for outreach campaigns. A comprehensive strategy to open up the country with information will require custom tailored programming relevant to the background and social class of the consumers. It is important to have a sense of the media preferences of North Koreans and to provide information that matches the needs and dispositions of the various demographic groups within the country. Developing and disseminating new media will be a challenging process. The North Korean regime has placed restrictions on the North Korea-China border and completely banned all Hallyu (South Korean cultural wave) media content and devices under the banner of ‘strengthening the propaganda war.’ Numerous reports have stated that the North Korean authorities are turning their focus away from DVDs and towards a stricter ban on computers with USB slots and external hard drives. This may be due to the relative impracticality of widely sharing DVDs in contrast to USBs and external hard drives, the content of which can be quickly copied and transferred to other storage devices. The regime’s strategy to block the flow of information will also face challenges. Smartphones are providing North Koreans with a window to the world. Currently, information such as regional prices, the black market rate of foreign currencies, and the supply and demand for given products in each region can be accessed all over the country by smartphone. Another change that deserves attention is the marketization that has dramatically increased the mobility of the average North Korean. Traveling merchants effectively serve as carriers of information to regions across the country. According to a 2010 study by Intermedia, “word of mouth” still remains the most important and most trusted source of information for North Koreans. There is thus a need to adjust the information strategy to amplify the impact of these traveling communicators. Continued marketization and the corresponding distribution of information will further expose the North Korean leadership’s fallacies. However, more research is required to better understand the relationship between the markets and information distribution. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center By Daily NK – 2017.01.19 11:44am Analysis & Opinion last_img read more

Ministry Urges Farmers to Exercise Extreme Caution

first_imgMinistry Urges Farmers to Exercise Extreme Caution UncategorizedAugust 18, 2007 RelatedMinistry Urges Farmers to Exercise Extreme Caution FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail In light of the threat posed by Hurricane Dean, the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands is advising all animal owners to exercise extreme caution to safeguard human life and livestock.Acting Director of the Veterinary Services Division, Dr. Osbil Watson told JIS News that all owners of livestock are urged to remove these animals to a safe area on their property. This area should be away from trees, power lines or any other objects, which might be downed by the wind. Avoid areas which are prone to flooding, he warned.He said that animals must be kept away from rivers, fords and other water channels, as they could be washed away by the force of moving water. He added that adequate feed and water should be stored. “Do not attempt to rescue animals that are being washed away as this may endanger human life.Remember, the priority is to safeguard human life,” Dr. Watson emphasized.Where adequate and safe housing is provided for animals, they should be moved into these facilities immediately, Dr. Watson advised.Poultry farmers are asked to take extra precaution, due to the delicate nature of poultry. “Locate the safest areas on farms to house poultry and keep them dry as far as is possible. Arrange curtains so as to keep off the direct force of wind. Evacuate poultry houses, which are prone to flooding,” he advised.“Horses and donkeys should be kept in stables where these are available. Avoid tethering animals as, during thunder storms and heavy winds they may panic, get entangled and may hang themselves,” Dr. Watson said.He pointed out that pet animals could be kept inside where possible or placed in adequate housing facilities where these are available. Small portable kennels are not to be kept outside, as these could be blown away. RelatedMinistry Urges Farmers to Exercise Extreme Cautioncenter_img RelatedMinistry Urges Farmers to Exercise Extreme Caution Advertisementslast_img read more