Hush Communications, a provider of managed security solutions, has supported the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) regulations for protecting the customer-related information of financial institutions. The proposed rules state that as well as assessing the risks of loss or compromise of sensitive data, financial institutions are responsible for managing such risks. The FTC regards this protection of information appropriate as it maintains the principal relationship with the customer. Last week, London Stock Exchange chief executive Clare Furse outlined a package of initiatives intended to deliver cost advantages to the private client broking community. Speaking at the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers' (APCIMS) annual conference, Furse laid out the exchange's commitment to reform of the UK equity market. This will include offering Crest network provision in the coming year, which could reduce traffic costs by as much as 40-50 per cent and save up to £15m per annum. UK 200 Legal Group, part of the UK 200 group of chartered accountants, is launching a CPD accredited course, developed by Graham Paul & Co partner Brian Scott . The course is for Law Society members and will highlight key aspects related to improving profitability. A number of management issues will be raised, including, pricing policies, management tools and budgeting software. Online Information 2001, an information industry event organised by Learned Information (Europe), will take place from 4-6 December. The exhibition comprises more than 300 exhibiting companies and presents top academics, consultants and professionals. For more information and to register online visit www.online-information.co.uk.