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Have gender stereotypes become even worse?

Author: Dominic Fung, SJB Group At the recent “Women in Tech” roundtable, hosted by Cogeco Peer 1 and chaired by Ellie Burns, Editor of CBR, the discussion touched on the subject of whether gender stereotypes have become worse. This sparked some thought-provoking insights and a wealth of potential solutions for overcoming these stereotypes across all stages of education and career. From my perspective, at the senior hire level, it seems clear that a gender imbalance still exists, despite the sincere efforts of all involved. Great gains have been made, but we are simply not as far along the road as we would like to be. Why not? One reason is that when an organisation is looking for a talented and experienced hire, quite often they look for a safe solution at pace and will tap the existing talent pool, the known universe so to speak, which is still generally male-dominated,…

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Top Security Concerns for Companies in 2017

By: Enrique Velazquez – Product Manager, Security & Compliance at Cogeco Peer 1 Security is on everyone’s mind in 2017, not only at a global level, but a personal level with more identity and personal theft of information on the rise. Companies are also facing several security concerns in this new year. Below are just a few security concerns and some solutions that any size company can benefit from. 1. In 2016, we saw large data breaches and Disturbed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks targeted toward large well-known companies, but these data breaches can affect companies regardless of their size. The key take-away from these attacks has been the need for each company to have a risk management process in place. Solution: An IT department with a full end-to-end risk management process, from a DDoS Mitigation solution to forensic threat and log management tools. Many companies have a silo security…

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Snoopers’ Charter conflicts with EU data protection laws

Ross Woodham, Director, Legal Affairs & Privacy, Cogeco Peer 1 Amid the noise and fury of Brexit, the Snoopers’ Charter snuck in under the radar with very little coverage in the mainstream press. Formally known as the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA), the legislation was given royal assent in November last year, so it is now law. This new surveillance law requires web and phone companies to store everyone’s web browsing histories for 12 months, and give the police, security services and a whole range of other agencies unprecedented access to the data. Whistle blower Edward Snowden tweeted: “The UK has just legalised the most extreme surveillance in the history of Western democracy.” There’s just one rather glaring problem. It’s incompatible with existing European data protection laws. And to emphasise this point the European Court of Justice recently declared the IPA’s predecessor, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2015,…

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UK National Apprenticeship Week – Q&A with Charlotte Bridge

Charlotte Bridge With National Apprenticeship Week in its 10th year in the UK, we celebrate by asking one of our apprentices, Charlotte Bridge, what it means for her. Charlotte is spending a year as a Lead Development Representative in our sales team, as well as studying for a Business Admin Level 3 Diploma. Q. What does a day in the life of a Cogeco Peer 1 apprentice look like? As Lead Development Representative, my job is essentially to deal with potential customers, and guide them to a position where they become our new customers. Using a chat system and the telephone, I talk to perspective and current customers about their requirements and how we can help. I also work closely with the marketing team and help on their campaigns. First thing, when I arrive in the office, I tend to log in to the system, catch up with my admin,…

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Unstoppable digital inspires unstoppable women

Ruby Dixon March 8th is International Women’s Day (IWD), a day of action for women anywhere to celebrate their achievements and sound the clarion call for gender equality. It unites governments, businesses, charities, and citizens around the world on particular a theme that is relevant to women’s lives. This year’s theme is ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.’ IWD originated in the early 1900s. I believe there are strong parallels between women’s situation then and now. The early 20th century was an age of rapid industrialisation, expanding markets, and radical ideologies. It was a period of turbulent change with significant implications for women. Today’s rapidly expanding digital sector accounts for £118bn (7.3%) of the UK economy (HMG 2016) and brings similar opportunities and flexibility. But the ‘gig economy’ has also made headlines for uncertainty, instability and poor employment practices. In her sociological approach to digital,…

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Celebrating Young British Talent During National Apprenticeship Week…

By 2030, millennials will account for 75% of the global workforce, so offering new relevant subjects at school, as well as alternative routes into industry is crucial to the success of the UK’s digital (and wider) economy. This week marks the 2017 running of ‘National Apprenticeship Week’. In celebration of this, we look at some of the young talent currently working at our Southampton office. Tony Dhillon is studying Business Management at the University of Kent and currently taking a ‘year in industry’ as part of his undergraduate studies. We take some time to talk to him and find out a bit about his experiences and what it’s like to be a millennial working at Cogeco Peer 1 (CP1). Q. Tony, tell us something interesting about yourself Tony: I’m originally from Coventry so it’s no surprise that the first business plan I wrote was for a car dealership! I discovered…

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