Rabat – Idriss Azami Al Idrissi, president of the Justice and Development Party’s (PJD) House of Representatives team, has said that the Secretary General of the party, Abdelilah Benkirane, did not leave the political scene, adding that nobody can stop his political career.While he was being invited to Moroccan channel Medi 1’s “One Hour for Persuasion” tv show on Saturday, the mayor of Fez, Azami said “Our country needs men like Professor Abdelilah Benkirane, who has strength to stand up for rights and stand out against anyone who aims to disrupt reform.”Azami went on to warn of missing “charismatic” politicians in Morocco, adding that the silence of Abdelilah Benkirane, following his dismissal as appointed Head of Government in mid-March, has two interpretations; “First, silence reflects the difficult situation that the PJD is experiencing.” “We were on a particular path, then we turned down another track,” he said. “Second, the silencing of officials does not withdraw them from the political arena… it was done to facilitate the process of forming the government and its official appointment.”After a three-month of disappearance, Benkirane, who was the former Head of Government for five years, has broken his silence, saying that “the PJD lost the battle, but will continue to combat “tyranny and corruption” despite recent losses.”“We will stay together until the end,” said the PJD leader Thursday in Rabat while paying respects to the tomb of his late colleague in the Democratic Popular Constitutional Movement, Abdelkrim al-Khatib.The PJD won the legislative elections on October 7th, 2016, securing 125 seats in the parliament. After a six-month post-election deadlock, however, King Mohammed VI decided to dismiss Abdelilah Benkirane and replace him with PJD colleague Saad Eddine Othmani in March.
Cybersecurity experts are worried that the increased frequency of data breaches is becoming normalized by the public, reducing the pressure on organizations that handle private data to do better.“It’s clear that this happens to many major companies, even those who invest heavily in security. I don’t want to say that it’s inevitable, because it’s not, but there is an aspect of frequency to this, that is really startling,” said Ira Goldstein, the chief operating officer at Herjavec Group, in an interview with IT World Canada. “I think there’s kind of a societal and philosophical angle to that where people are becoming quite desensitized to it.”Mark Nunnikhoven, vice-president of cloud research at Trend Micro, said that such a desensitization is one of his biggest fears and the worst-case result of cybersecurity breaches like the one at Capital One Financial Corp., which exposed the private information of around 100 million people in the U.S., and 6 million Canadians.Desensitization among the public could also reduce their motivation to lobby for stronger laws and regulations.“That is what I’m scared of. You can’t go a week without opening one of the major national papers and seeing a breach somewhere. It is very easy to become desensitized to, especially in an area as complex as technology. That is an issue so vast and complex that it’s easier just to say ‘that’s just how it is’,” said Nunnikhoven in an interview with IT World Canada. “There’s a lot of things that organizations can do to strengthen their security to reduce the number of data breaches that there are. But without that demand from the people and that big stick from regulators, it’s unlikely they’re going to undertake that of their own accord.”While Canada does lag behind regulatory leaders like Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the federal government did recently implement a new Digital Privacy Act (DPA) that amended the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) to include regulations that dictate how organizations must report such breaches, although many in the channel community said these new regulations were too vague to have a true impact.But these updated policies, according to Goldstein and Nunnikhoven, don’t include enough financial penalties.Referencing the maximum penalty under the GDPR of 6 per cent of global revenue, Nunnikhoven said that “money talks” and called for additional penalties to be levied against offending Canadian organizations.“That really highlights the biggest weakness in Canadian data privacy regulation. In general, we’ve done a decent job about it. Finally, the nuts and bolts are put in place,” said Nunnikhoven. “The challenge there is that the fines aren’t nearly big enough. We need financial incentives to align security interests of citizens with those of the business. And I think that’s the glaring part.”And with a much lower maximum threshold for fines in Canada than in Europe, Goldstein worries that organizations, especially those who rely on the collection and leveraging of people’s data, will not take them seriously.“With fines up to $100,000, it can be seen as a cost of doing business as opposed to a real penalty that drives behavior.”In its statement, Capital One described the security gap that led to the breach as a “configuration vulnerability”. The charge sheet suggests the alleged hacker used a “firewall misconfiguration” to access the data held by an unnamed cloud computing company. Judging from the email sent to Capital One by a white hat hacker, who refers to an S3, it would suggest this was on Amazon AWS.
A study by the University of the West of England last year found that a 20-minute increase in commute time, averaged out across the year, is equivalent to a 19 per cent pay cut for job satisfaction. The study by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.It follows data suggesting that one in seven commuters is now spending two hours or more each day travelling to and from work. People are happy to commute up to 45 minutes if it means living in a good area or reaching a desirable job, but not longer, according to a study.Researchers analysing the habits of 4,248 workers over seven years found that individuals whose commutes to their place of employment were longer than 45 minutes tended to move house in order to reduce their travel times.Conversely, those who started the study period with commutes shorter than 45 minutes were often prepared to increase their travel times in order to move to a better home or to reach a more desirable job located further away.The study also found that those who did not move house over the study period were more likely to have shorter commutes to begin with and to be home-owners with decent to high incomes.Meanwhile people who changed residences but remained at the same workplace, had middle-range incomes and upgraded from tenancy to ownership, which lengthened commutes. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.