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I don’t know how many of you use iPhones but I was horrified to read of a sustained hacking attack that has been going on for over two years.

Google’s Threat Analysis Team (TAG) came across a small number of hacked websites that were being used in ‘watering hole’ attacks on visitors using iPhones. Watering hole attacks are where the browsing patterns of particular groups are observed in order to lay a trap e.g. hack a website that the particular group visits.

I thought you’d like to know a little more about our employees so this is the first of an occasional feature.

What was your very first job?
My first job was a HGV fitter.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was young I always wanted to be in the armed forces. Unfortunately my knees said no!

What hobbies & interests do you have outside of work?
Off road Motor Cross - that’s my thing!

Where in the world is your favourite place and why?
I would have to say Weymouth! Why? Because this is where my mum always took us for family holidays from a very young age. It will always have a special place in my heart with fond memories.

Elon Musk is an interesting guy. He is described as a technology entrepreneur, investor and engineer. He has Canadian, South African and US citizenship. He is the CEO of SpaceX, Tesla Inc and Neuralink as well as the co-founder of PayPal.

And he’s worried about Artificial Intelligence (AI).

That is why he is developing a brain implant for humans that will link directly with their technology.

This implanted brain-computer interface (BCI) will be known as Neuralink and could be with us within a year. The aim is to provide a low risk and affordable procedure, as non-invasive as laser eye surgery that can be performed quickly and easily by a doctor without needing a stay in hospital.

It actually looks like the Summer might be here at last and I am sure many of you are preparing to go on holiday over the next couple of months.

Now, I don’t want to put a damper on your vacation plans but Burglar Bill and his chums love this time of year too; holidays = vacant properties for them to visit!

You want peace of mind while you are relaxing on the beach or around the pool so what can you do to ensure your home is safe? In this day and age, the answer is to invest in some top security tech.

• CCTV – there is no arguing that HD CCTV is a must for home security. For a start any burglar worth his salt won’t even look at a property if he knows they have CCTV in place. To this end, you may want to put up signs advertising the fact that you have a system. Here are some of the latest additional safety measures that you can take:

  o Monitor your home from your smartphone. You can arm or disarm your system at the touch of a button.

Do you want HSTS for your website?

I thought not. What about better security, faster load times and increased SEO?

So you do, eh? Have a definition to start with:

HSTS – HTTP Strict Transport Security. This is a response header that tells your browser that it can only connect to a website using HTTPS. HSTS increases the speed and security of HTTPS websites.

Yes it’s true – Glevum handle the security at the White House.

That’s the White House that is the HQ of Severnside Software Ltd (SSL), not that big one over the pond. We have been pleased to provide security services for them for many years now and we seem to be doing something right.

Roger White, Managing Director of SSL, explains:

“Being a leading IT company physical security is absolutely critical for us and I also like to use local companies. We have used Glevum Security since the beginning of time to look after both business and residential premises and the service has been absolutely fantastic.

I have written before about the potential dangers and menace that can be caused by drones. Don’t get me wrong, though, as I have no beef with anyone who wants to fly their drone up on the common at the weekend.

However, I have every sympathy with the hundreds of would-be holiday makers left stranded at our airports recently due to drones flying near the runways. Incidentally, why were the authorities so unprepared for such an event when the danger has been apparent for months?

I expect you remember me telling you about my attempt to raise sponsorship for completing the Cycling Down Dementia Pioneer Challenge and cycling a total of 300 miles between 1st November and 31st January.

Well I am pleased to say that I hit my target and have so far raised a whopping £621.86 in donations!

Every £20 raised funds another hour of research by Alzheimer’s Research UK into this dreadful condition that affects so many families all across the UK.

I was staggered to learn that 1 in 6 people in the UK over the age of 80 have dementia.

That is currently 850,000 people. That figure is expected to rise to 1 million by 2025 and leap to 2 million by 2051. It is estimated that 225,000 people will develop dementia this year alone, which is one person every three minutes.

I am extremely proud to announce that Glevum has won the Corporate Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award at the national Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2018.

Over the last few years Steve Barnett, my joint MD, has been holding workshops every month for people with learning difficulties & disabilities. These workshops include topics aimed at sharpening their employability skills so that they will become ready for employment.

Topics include interview skills, how to complete an application form and supporting candidates with work opportunity opportunities. We feel that it is important for us to give something back to the local community.

Glevum was one of seven companies nominated for the award at a ceremony held on 21st November at the prestigious Hilton on Park Lane Hotel in London and hosted by actor James Nesbitt.

The National Star College at Cheltenham is rightly proud of the work it does with young people with disabilities, educating them and teaching them skills to help them interact and integrate with the local community.

Catherin Garland is one of their Job Mentors and her role is to find work placements for the students. Last year she was able to get Dean Angle a six month work placement at Glevum.

Dean is a 20 year old from Gloucestershire, a likeable lad who is keen to get into work. He liked the nature of the job and the company and found that he had an aptitude for security work so he was overjoyed when Glevum subsequently offered him a sponsored internship.

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