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On Leonard Cohen

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"So come, my friends, be not afraid.
We are so lightly here.
It is in love that we are made;
In love we disappear."

Happy posthumous birthday, Lennie.

You tried, in your way, to be free. Thank you. Now go join that great gig in the sky.

'We Love Leonard Cohen' celebrated his 81st Birthday, and then, for his 82nd and final birthday, Leonard gave us a present. "You Want It Darker" is the title track to last album, his 14th studio album in his 49-year recording career. (See also Leonard Cohen Makes it Darker.)

"Leonard Cohen offers the possibility of living with grace, dignity, and integrity, without submitting to illusions, without succumbing to indifference, and without indulging in denial of our own failures and flaws, in a world that is too often corrupt and malevolent" - Allan Showalter

What's Happening? - Urbanisation

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What Happened? - Cybersecurity

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Please see below selected recent external intelligence about cybersecurity. This is a synthesis of major recent developments at corporates, business schools, thinktanks, media, commentators, and other key influencers.

     

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    • Cybersecurity is the number one technology issue in the C-suite and boardroom.
      Many senior executives are asking what they can be doing to stem the tide of cyber-attacks on their firms. The Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by Oracle, surveyed a global panel of senior executives with responsibility for cyber-security in their organisations. While virtually all of the companies reported net increases in cyber breaches, the research identified a subset that had succeeded in reducing their rate of growth by more than half over a two-year period.
    • Deloitte's ‘Changing the game on cyber risk’ claimed to offer specific strategies to address cyber risk more comprehensively.
      As the digital landscape continues to grow more complex, and cyber criminals become more sophisticated, business leaders (not just IT), across industries, are growing more anxious. They wonder how their organisation would respond in the face of a cyberattack. They question whether they’re sufficiently anticipating and preparing for a future attack. They want to know how well their organisation could absorb and recover from an attack, how well their most important digital assets are protected.
    • Deloitte also released Beneath the surface of a cyberattack: A deeper look at business impacts, a risk-based report outlining the depth and duration of cyber incidents in financial terms. Although cybersecurity is one of the most urgent issues of our time, the resulting impact of a cyber incident is still largely unproven. Recognising the need of business leaders to have clarity around the enterprise-wide effect of such events.
    • EY's Investigation and Dispute Services launched a defence and remediation tool named Radar 360 in order to defend financial loss disruption and breach of confidential data due to malware attack from cyber criminals.
    • The cybersecurity industry is in the midst of a deals boom as private equity buyers hunt for cash-generating companies and smaller start-ups get snapped up for their technology or in-demand security engineers. The total number of exits in the cyber security industry - the vast majority of which are deals - rose by a third from 2014 to 2015, according to PrivCo, the private company research firm. In the first quarter of 2016, notable deals in the industry increased by 50 per cent from eight to 12, the firm said.
    • PwC’s Game of Threats™ – an interactive cyber breach simulation for senior executives – has launched in the UK. The head-to-head digital card game pits teams of attackers against defenders and is designed to simulate the experience that leadership teams could realistically face in the midst of a cyber-attack. With nearly three quarters of CEOs regarding cybersecurity as one of the top three risks to their organisations, along with over-regulation and geopolitical uncertainty, it’s clear that increasing cyber threats and the number of recent public breaches is moving cyber security up the list of top business priorities. But if systems were breached and time was ticking, would boards and leadership teams be ready to respond?

     

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    • Although cybersecurity is one of the most urgent issues of our time, the resulting impact of a cyber incident is still largely unproven. Recognising the need of business leaders to have clarity around the enterprise-wide effect of such events, Deloitte Advisory released 'Beneath the surface of a cyberattack: A deeper look at business impacts,' a risk-based report outlining the depth and duration of cyber incidents in financial terms.

     

    • EY's Investigation and Dispute Services launched a defence and remediation tool named Radar 360 in order to defend financial loss disruption and breach of confidential data due to malware attack from cyber criminals.

     

     

    • Cybersecurity is the number one technology issue in the C-suite and boardroom. No wonder that many senior executives are asking what they can be doing to stem the tide of cyber-attacks on their firms. The Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by Oracle, surveyed a global panel of senior executives with responsibility for cyber-security in their organisations.  While virtually all of the companies reported net increases in cyber-breaches, the research identified a subset that had succeeded in reducing their rate of growth by more than half (from 21.1% to 9.8%, or a 53% reduction) over a two year period. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What Happened? - Responsibility

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    Please see below pre-2016 intelligence about responsibility. This is a synthesis of major recent developments at corporates, business schools, thinktanks, media, commentators, and other key influencers.

     

     

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    • In 'Social Saints, Fiscal Fiends', The Economist argued that the CEO school of corporate responsibility has something going for it. Such bosses are right to argue that a business’s main contribution to society is to provide jobs and income. They are also right to argue for tax harmonisation: America has only itself to blame if firms revolt against its high corporate-tax rate. But they should recognise that there is a big difference between moving to a place like Ireland because it has made a more sensible trade-off between collecting taxes and promoting business, and indulging in contortions such as the “Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich”, whose only aim is to avoid paying taxes anywhere. They also need to recognise that there is a big difference between worrying that government is inefficient and pretending that it is irrelevant, and thus that contributing to its upkeep is unnecessary.

     

     

    • A company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity is inevitably tied to its brand perception. Speaking at Marketing’s PR Asia 2015 conference, the director of communications & government affairs for Kimberly-Clark presented a case study on how a company can go beyond corporate "green-washing" to implement truly effective CSR policies that enhance corporate reputations. The company partnered with various NGOs to increase local participation for its CSR initiatives. This helped to forge a new, profitable and more sustainable business future for both Kimberly-Clark and the communities that it has adopted as part of its CSR drive.

     

     

    • However, VW was also a global leader in CSR. Its annual report was packed full of lovingly described projects it backed and charities it supported. It was a “thought leader” on dozens of different weighty issues, and a “change agent” for improving society. Globally, it was ranked as the 11th best company in the world for its corporate social responsibility work.

     

     

     

     

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    What's Happening? - Technology

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