The UK is dropping an immigration algorithm that critics say is racist

The news: The UK Home Office has said it will stop using an algorithm to process visa applications that critics claim is racially biased. Opponents to it argue that the algorithm’s use of nationality to decide which applications get fast-tracked has led to a system in which “people from rich white countries get “Speedy Boarding”; poorer people of color get pushed to the back of the queue.”

Time for a redesign: The Home Office denies that its system is racially biased and litigation is still ongoing. Even so, the Home Office has agreed to drop the algorithm and plans to relaunch a redesigned version later this year, after conducting a full review that will look for unconscious bias. In the meantime the UK will adopt a temporary system that does not use nationality to sort applications. 

Traffic system: Since 2015 the UK has filtered visa applications using a traffic light

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COVID-19 highlights need for business and security leaders to work together to prevent cyberattacks

New Tenable study says 94% of organizations experienced a business-impacting cyberattack or compromise within the past 12 months; 46% weathered five or more attacks.

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As threat actors gain momentum with a continued onslaught of COVID-19-related malware and phishing scams, security and business leaders are concerned about the impact on the enterprise. According to a new report from Tenable, 94% of survey respondents experienced a business-impacting cyberattack within the last year, and 46% of businesses suffered five or more attacks.

One of the causes noted was a disconnect between an organization’s business and security, and it was exacerbated by the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • By April, 41% of respondents had at least one cyberattack directly related to COVID-19 in the last 12 months
  • The report found 96% of respondents developed COVID-19 response strategies: 75% of business and security leaders said their COVID-19 response strategies are only “somewhat” aligned
  • Within two
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How poor security practices from remote employees are wasting the time of IT staff

Along with the independence remote work affords employees comes the use of shadow IT and poor password practices, according to a new survey by 1Password.

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Beleaguered IT personnel lose nearly a month (21 days) of work annually managing Identity and Access Management (IAM), revealed a new report from the EPM (enterprise password manager) company 1Password. 

The tasks most frequently imposed on IT include resetting passwords and tracking app usage. For employees and IT staff, the swift pandemic-response transition to working-from-home (WFH) made daily security challenges even more relevant. Even if issues could be predicted, problems were likely, due to the rapidity of the switch, combined with the large number of employees reliant on a significantly and comparatively small IT department. 

IAM proves to be a continual burr in productivity, not only for the IT staff, but for employees, too; 57% of IT workers reset employee

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