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Kaspersky software dropped by Barclays

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High street bank Barclays will no longer offer free Kaspersky antivirus software to its new customers after an official warning from cyber security chiefs, amidst fears that the Kremlin could potentially use the software to control and monitor user’s devices.

 290,000 new online bankers of Barclays who signed up within the last 12 months have been notified as a ‘precautionary measure’.

 “The UK government has been advised… to remove any Russian products from all highly sensitive systems classified as secret or above. We’ve made the precautionary decision to no longer offer Kaspersky software to new users. However, there’s nothing to suggest that customers need to stop using Kaspersky. At this stage there is no action for you to take. It’s important that you continue to protect yourself with anti-virus software,” said a spokesperson for Barclays.

 “Even though this new guidance isn’t directed at members of the public, we have taken the decision to withdraw the offer of Kaspersky software from our customer website,” added the bank.

 Kaspersky said it was ‘disappointed’ by the news.

Apprenticeship Levy spurs HR strategies

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New research from talent and acquisition firm Alexander Mann Solutions has revealed that the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy offers companies the opportunity to embrace new opportunities.

The White Paper was based on in-depth interviews with organisations including BAE Systems, Barclays, BT, CapGemini, GE, HSBC, Jaguar Land Rover and Santander, amongst others.

It found that the introduction of the Levy presents a rare opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with both finance and general management teams about what is needed in terms of future talent, sourcing, and development.

The research also revealed further opportunities around improving the inclusion of individuals from under-represented groups; the majority of contributors agree that the new round of apprenticeships has the potential to tap into under-utilised pools of talent and consequently generate significant workplace diversity benefits.

“What I find really encouraging about the interviews we conducted for this White Paper, and the wider discussions I’ve had with other senior HR figures since, is the fact that major employers in the UK are embracing opportunities offered by the introduction of the Levy,” commented Tim Campbell, head of client services, Emerging Talent, Alexander Mann Solutions.

“Its introduction seems to have galvanised thinking around the sourcing and the development of talent and how it can be more closely aligned with the real needs of organisations, both now and in the foreseeable future. And the result has already been a set of innovative and imaginative strategies, which, while still in their early stages, seem set to revolutionise the way we recruit, train and retain our people – not only with regards to emerging talent, but also wider workforces.”