- Global drone patents up by a third as commercial applications take off
- Europe dominates list of countries most prepared for change
- Risk managers urged to utilise automation as a critical tool
- Global firms accused of concealing their environmental impact
- Hiscox launches free cyber exposure calculator tool
Global drone patents up by a third as commercial applications take off
The number of patents filed globally for drone technology at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has increased by 34% to 9,485 in the last year, up from 7,076 the year before, according to research by accountants and business advisors BDO. The firm says that the surge in the number of drone patents being filed reflects the growing competition between drone developers to expand their technology into new commercial uses.
Europe dominates list of countries most prepared for change
European countries lead the way in the list of countries most prepared for major change events, including geopolitics, technology and climate change according to KPMG's 2019 Change Readiness Index, which ranks 140 countries on how effectively they prepare for, and respond to, major change events. The latest edition focuses largely on the capabilities countries need to successfully address climate change and mitigate associated risks. The Index measures a country's capacity for general change, but KPMG's methodology shows that those same capabilities also dictate a country's preparedness for climate change.
Risk managers urged to utilise automation as a critical tool
Leveraging automation should be a priority for security and risk management leaders if they are to create and preserve value within their organisations according to analysts at Gartner. Katell Thielemann, research vice president at Gartner, explained to an audience of more than 3,500 security and risk management professionals at the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit, that the shift towards automation emerging in the security and risk landscape is one where new mindsets, practices and technologies are converging to unlock new capabilities. Using automation in areas of identity, data, and new products and services development were identified as three critical areas for the security and risk enterprise.
Global firms accused of concealing their environmental impact
A group of 88 investors with nearly US$10 trillion assets are targeting companies that are not transparent enough about their environmental impact, and urging them to more fully disclose this information. The investors are targeting 707 companies across 46 counties for not reporting their climate change, water security and deforestation data. This includes Exxon Mobil, BP, Chevron, Amazon, Volvo, Alibaba, Qantas Airways as well as palm oil company Genting Plantations Bhd.
Businesses urged to step up no-deal Brexit preparations
Businesses cannot afford to put their faith in politicians to produce a Brexit resolution, and should be considering all reasonable preparations for no deal, according to the Institute of Directors. With figures suggesting that the extension until October had had little initial impact on firms’ Brexit planning, the IoD urged business leaders to use the time left to ensure they fully understand their potential exposure to leaving the EU this Autumn without a deal, and to take sensible precautions.
FSA issues update on listeria investigation
The Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland are continuing to investigate foods linked to listeria infections in hospitals, currently only finding cases in England. To date, all of the cases linked to the current incident have involved people from vulnerable groups in healthcare organisations who were being treated for existing medical conditions. All products linked to the current cases have been withdrawn and food chain investigations continue.
Digital lag holding back healthcare technology progress
More than a third of healthcare professionals believe it will take at least a decade before their organisation is paperless and fully digital according to research by Deloitte’s Centre for Health Solutions. Among senior healthcare leaders, the figure rises to two-thirds, who cite funding, leadership and interoperability as the three key challenges. Funding is listed as the main obstacle for digital uptake, with 56% of healthcare professionals saying that the cost of the technology is holding back their organisation. One in 10 believe that it is finding the right technologies (11%) and the complexity of the technology (10%) which is hampering uptake.
Hiscox launches free cyber exposure calculator tool
Hiscox has launched a Cyber Exposure Calculator, designed to help businesses estimate the potential financial impact they may face if they were the victim of a cyber-attack. Free to use, the calculator offers businesses a view of their potential cyber exposure and the value of the data they hold. The tool also provides some insights into the types of cyber-attacks their business may face. The results can be downloaded and shared offline to help guide further discussions within businesses on how to manage and mitigate the cyber risk.