Preparation is key for an effective cyber-attack response “Remote working makes it much more difficult, but you still have to have the measures in place to stop strangers gaining access to your network,” says Jacky Fox. Photograph: Getty Images

Getting the basics right and employing good cyber hygiene are key, says Jacky Fox, managing director of security at Accenture in Ireland

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Q&A: What does Ulster Bank's news mean for me? Ulster Bank announced a phased withdrawal of all its banking activity  from the Irish market in February.

The bank will soon close personal banking products and services to new business

Temperatures to reach highs of 21 degrees on Bank Holiday weekend Sun bathers enjoy  beach in Holywood on the shores of Belfast Lough. File photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

Sunday and Monday expected to be dry, sunny days, Met Éireann has forecast

How one couple made the kitchen the heart of their home ‘The kitchen was really utilised in the first year that we’ve been here and used for the purposes we wanted as well, so I think we’ve been really luck,’ says Anna McCoy. Photographs: Philip Lauterbach; Styling: Elaine Verdon

The open plan downstairs of Anna McCoy and David Verdon’s home is perfectly proportioned for entertaining and hosting family and friends

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