European research news – 3 November

by | Nov 3, 2021

National Grid ESO launches world-first programme to build a real-time digital replica of the GB energy landscape

The National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has launched a world-first programme to build a digital replica of the entire GB energy landscape, creating a virtual environment to share data, model and predict scenarios that support the decarbonisation of the energy system. The Virtual Energy System will be a digital twin of the existing physical energy system, working in parallel to enable an accessible, unified, real-time view of every part of the GB energy system. 

More than half of UK businesses plan to hire a CISO in the next two years

56% of UK businesses are planning to hire a CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) within the next 6-24 months according to research from Fastly. The research also found that certain sectors are ahead of the curve with 75% of businesses in the construction/engineering sector already having a CISO in place, closely followed by local/national government (60%) and aerospace (50%). 

Identity sprawl become a global phenomenon

One Identity has carried out a survey revealing a significant increase in digital identities on a global scale. This phenomenon – known as identity sprawl – has been driven by surges in user identities (internal, third parties, and customers), machine identities and new accounts generated in response to an uptick in remote work. More than 8 in 10 respondents indicated that identities managed has more than doubled, and 25% reported a 10X increase during the period.

Consumers turn to apps to reduce waste with millions of downloads in 2021

 An analysis of the sustainability app market from analytics provider App Radar, has found that sustainability apps are gaining traction. They’ve reported an average of 830K downloads each month on the Google Play Store. Too Good To Go and OLIO have been the biggest winners of the downloads boom, adding 6 million and 2 million users respectively so far in 2021. Other apps analysed include ShareWaste (5K downloads), Refill (13K downloads), nosh (2K downloads), Kitche (3K downloads) and Karma (82K downloads).

Corporate Social Responsibility practices do not always improve sustainability

Corporate Social Responsibility practices do not always have a positive effect on sustainability, according to new research led by Aalto University School of Business. The study, conducted by Professor Minna Halme, Senior University Lecturer Leena Lankoski, and co-authors, analysed firms’ corporate social responsibility activities against their resulting sustainability performance. 

Majority of businesses don’t protect their sensitive data in the cloud, finds Thales

The 2021 Thales Global Cloud Security Study reports that 40% of organisations have experienced a cloud-based data breach in the past 12 months. Despite increasing cyber-attacks targeting data in the cloud, the vast majority (83%) of businesses are still failing to encrypt half of the sensitive data they store in the cloud, raising even greater concerns as to the impact cyber criminals can have.

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