UK Defense Secretary to ban medal of honour

Liam Fox For veterans of the wars that we have been in they would undoubtedly find it rather disturbing to hear that the UK Defense secretary has put out a call to ban Medal of Honour. Why then does Liam Fox wish to ban Medal of Honour?

Well, its actually the Game by EA that he wants to ban from retail. The game is based in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, which is probably the true reason he wants to ban it. Hide our government’s involvement in the war from the people as much as possible.

His reasons for wishing it to be banned however are wholly unjustified and unsubstantiated: He is Disgusted by it, and thinks it is Un British to wish to buy a game which allows you to fight as one of the many British forces that were involved in the war. By extension we must also presume that the War of Afghanistan and Iraq are equally Un British.

Little does he know however, British forces do not even feature in the game.

His comments however have not been met with equality across the government. The department of culture has indicated it supports retailers over the game. The players should be the ones whom judge the game for its content not some old MP who hasn’t got a clue and hasn’t ever seen nor played said game.



India asks: Can I have your password?

Mobile Phone SecurityBlackberry operator Research in Motion has till just the 31st of August or face the Indian government banning their secure service from the country. Most corporations would consider that data being transmitted in a sensitive nature should be secure data.

With a large number of business outsourcing things like contact centers to India or worse still core development teams being shipped out there. There must be a measure in place to understand where your data is going. Consumer data from the UK must be protected. Stated in the Data Protection Act: “Entities holding personal information are required to have adequate security measures in place. Those include technical measures (such as firewalls) and organisational measures (such as staff training).”.

Secure email is a service which assuming that a company had a legitimate purpose to transmit data to outside the national border would enable them to have security in place. Several countries have indicated that they want to have access to snoop on your data namely: The United States of America, The United Arab Emirates and India.

They all cite anti-terrorism as a reason that they must have access to confidential and private secure data which for that matter due to the drop in security by providing governments the password could actually see this data used for terrorism. The ban could see more organizations internally encrypt data prior to transmission which of course would make it impossible for the Government to access the data and maintain levels of security of data.

The concern over security should be considered when you next are looking to outsource work however this kind of activities is sure to impact on both US  and Indian trust.

Wall Street Journal


Germany bans iPhone and Blackberry

The German government should be praised for taking the unusual step to secure its network. In contrast with the UK where government facilities seem to be losing confidential data left right and center.

In essence the Germans have placed a ban on government use of the two major smart phone types the iPhone and Blackberry. The blackberry technology routes data  for research purposes and logs it in different data centers. This should be a raise of concern for anyone in a responsibility for network security role.

The Inquirer