May 17, 2020

Travis Perkins and Briggs Equipment donate £20k van to Whizz-Kidz charity

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Thanks to the donation by the Travis Perkins plc and Briggs Equipment, Whizz-Kidz can deliver mobility equipment to more disabled children across the country.
Travis Perkins and Briggs Equipment have collaborated to provide a brand new van, worth £20,656, to Whizz-Kidz, a charity dedicated to improving t...

Travis Perkins and Briggs Equipment have collaborated to provide a brand new van, worth £20,656, to Whizz-Kidz, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with disabilities. The van was handed over at Travis Perkins plc’s headquarters in Northampton, England.

Whizz-Kidz is a British national children's charity that provides wheelchairs and mobility equipment, along with life skills services, to youngsters with disabilities across the UK, giving them opportunities to develop their independence and confidence to help them reach their full potential.

The new van donated by Travis Perkins plc and Briggs Equipment, will enable the Whizz-Kidz team to deliver more specially-adapted wheelchairs to children with disabilities and their families. As a new addition to the existing fleet it will help the team to reach more children in more areas of the UK, providing them with the mobility equipment they need to enjoy full and active childhoods.

Travis Perkins Group Supply Chain and Group Commercial selected Whizz-Kidz as its charity partner for 2015 and 2016. To date colleagues have already raised £40,000 to transform the lives of children with disabilities, by taking on a variety of treks, cycling events and other challenges, as well as organising fundraising activities at work and in the community.

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As a loyal customer of Briggs Equipment for the past 16 years, Travis Perkins plc recently acquired its 1000th Yale forklift truck, which the company generously offered free of charge to mark the two companies’ longstanding business relationship. As a result of this, the two companies also agreed to partner in the donation of a vehicle, worth £20,656, to Whizz-Kidz.

Robin Proctor, Supply Chain Director, Travis Perkins plc, commented: “We have been working hard to raise money for Whizz-Kidz and to support the work they do, so donating this van, which will be used straight away to help improve the lives of disabled children, is a particular highlight of our partnership with the charity. We look forward to continuing to support Whizz-Kidz and have set a fundraising target of £200,000 to reach by the end of 2016.”

Richard Close, CEO of Briggs Equipment, said: “We enjoy a longstanding and highly successful materials handling partnership with Travis Perkins plc. Lending our support to the company’s fundraising for Whizz-Kidz will make a real difference to the lives of children with disabilities, and we believe it is a fitting way to commemorate the milestone 1000th Yale forklift and reinforce our mutually beneficial relationship with Travis Perkins plc.”

Matt Wynes, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Whizz-Kidz said: “We are incredibly grateful to Travis Perkins for this hugely generous gift. The new van will help us reach more children in more places, providing them with the life-changing mobility equipment they need to enjoy full, active childhoods and reach their true potential.”

Travis Perkins plc is one of the UK's leading suppliers of materials and professional services to the building and construction, and home improvement markets. The Group operates 19 businesses from almost 2,000 sites across the UK, and employs over 29,000 people. With a proud heritage that can be traced back over 200 years, our employees are continuing that tradition by working with our customers to build better, together. 


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Jun 21, 2021

Google and NIST Address Supply Chain Cybersecurity

Elise Leise
3 min
The SolarWinds and Codecov cyberattacks reminded companies that software security poses a critical risk. How do we mitigate it?

As high-level supply chain attacks hit the news, Google and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have both developed proposals for how to address software supply chain security. This isn’t a new field, unfortunately. Since supply chains are a critical part of business resilience, criminals have no qualms about targeting its software. That’s why identifying, assessing, and mitigating cyber supply chain risks (C-SCRM) is at the top of Google and NIST’s respective agendas. 


High-Profile Supply Chain Attacks 

According to Google, no comprehensive end-to-end framework exists to mitigate threats across the software supply chain. [Yet] ‘there is an urgent need for a solution in the face of the eye-opening, multi-billion-dollar attacks in recent months...some of which could have been prevented or made more difficult’. 


Here are several of the largest cybersecurity failures in recent months: 


  • SolarWinds. Alleged Russian hackers slipped malicious code into a routine software update, which they then used as a Trojan horse for a massive cyberattack. 
  • Codecov. Attackers used automation to collect credentials and raid ‘additional resources’, such as data from other software development vendors. 
  • Malicious attacks on open-source repositories. Out of 1,000 GitHub accounts, more than one in five contained at least one dependency confusion-related misconfiguration. 


As a result of these attacks and Biden’s recent cybersecurity mandate, NIST and Google took action. NIST held a 1,400-person workshop and published 150 papers worth of recommendations from Microsoft, Synopsys, The Linux Foundation, and other software experts; Google will work with popular source, build, and packaging platforms to help companies implement and excel at their SLSA framework


What Are Their Recommendations? 

Here’s a quick recap: NIST has grouped together recommendations to create federal standards; Google has developed an end-to-end framework called Supply Chain Levels for Software Artifacts (SLSA)—pronounced “Salsa”. Both address software procurement and security. 


Now, here’s the slightly more in-depth version: 


  • NIST. The organisation wants more ‘rigorous and predictable’ ways to secure critical software. They suggest that firms use vulnerability disclosure programmes (VDP) and software bills of materials (SBOM), consider simplifying their software and give at least one developer per project security training.
  • Google. The company thinks that SLSA will encompass the source-build-publish software workflow. Essentially, the four-level framework helps businesses make informed choices about the security of the software they use, with SLSA 4 representing an ideal end state. 


If this all sounds very abstract, consider the recent SolarWinds attack. The attacker compromised the build platform, installed an implant, and injected malicious behaviour during each build. According to Google, higher SLSA levels would have required stronger security controls for the build platform, making it more difficult for the attacker to succeed. 


How Do The Proposals Differ? 

As Brian Fox, the co-founder and CTO at Sonatype, sees it, NIST and Google have created proposals that complement each other. ‘The NIST [version] is focused on defining minimum requirements for software sold to the government’, he explained, while Google ‘goes [further] and proposes a specific model for scoring the supply chain. NIST is currently focused on the “what”. Google, along with other industry leaders, is grappling with the “how”’. 


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