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“Untrained and neglected IT staff increasing cyber security skills gap” warns (ISC)²

A survey of 3,300 IT professionals conducted by (ISC)² has revealed that widespread underfunding in training in-house IT talent is contributing towards the critical cyber security skills gap. The report shows that businesses are exposing themselves to cyber threats by ignoring...
Posted On 13 Sep 2017
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IoT-connected soldiers ‘hacked’ in latest Cyber Security Challenge UK competition

On Friday 11 August, Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre (HMGCC), the Ministry of Defence (MoD), BAE Systems and the Cyber Security Challenge UK arranged a mock cyber attack on Internet of Things (IoT)-connected soldiers in the field at the MoD’s Defence Cyber...
Posted On 15 Aug 2017
Josh Lefkowitz
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Cyber Threats in the Oil and Gas Sector

Few threats expose the true interdependency of cyber and physical security more than those targeting the oil and natural gas (ONG) sector, writes Josh Lefkowitz. After all, oil and natural gas together account for 53% of the world’s energy consumption and remain integral...
Posted On 14 Aug 2017
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Gloucester City Council heavily fined by ICO for leaving personal information “vulnerable to attack”

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Gloucester City Council £100,000 after a cyber attacker accessed its employees’ sensitive personal information. The attacker took advantage of a weakness in the organisation’s website back in July 2014, which led to over...
Posted On 14 Jun 2017
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Security industry responds to WannaCry ransomware attack affecting 200,000-plus victims

At the tail end of last week, the National Health Service (NHS) was among those organisations hit by IT failures resulting from the significant WannaCry cyber attack, with NHS Trusts and hospitals in London, Blackburn, Nottingham, Cumbria and Hertfordshire all affected. Some GP...
Posted On 16 May 2017
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“Almost 50% of UK businesses hit by cyber breach or attack in past 12 months” state Government statistics

Businesses large and small are being urged to protect themselves against cyber crime in the wake of new Government statistics stating that nearly half of all UK businesses have suffered a cyber breach or attack episode in the past 12 months. The Cyber Security Breaches Survey...
Posted On 19 Apr 2017
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BCI Horizon Scan: “Cyber attacks and data breaches remain top threats posed to business continuity”

According to research results published by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) in association with the British Standards Institution (BSI), cyber attack is once again the top threat posed to organisations’ security as perceived by business continui...
Posted On 21 Feb 2017
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Cranfield University’s research on cyber security set to “step up a level” with Atkins collaboration

Reports on the UK’s ability to protect its technology, data and networks from the threat of cyber crime are frequently in the news. With electronic systems increasingly relying on the Internet to manage everyday things like electricity, air traffic control or food supplies,...
Posted On 13 Feb 2017
Eric O'Neill
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Ransomware: The Fastest Growing Threat in 2016

Carbon Black’s data shows that ransomware instances grew by more than 50% in 2016 compared to 2015. In fact, ransomware emerged as the fastest-growing malware across all industries in 2016, with major increases seen at technology companies, energy and utility companies and...
Posted On 10 Feb 2017
Philip Wood MBE
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UK must not forget “soft underbelly” of the public when confronted by cyber attacks

A specialist academic at Buckinghamshire New University has warned that the general public are the “soft underbelly” in terms of UK cyber protection and need to be better educated on the subject of online threats. Philip Wood MBE (Head of the School for Management and...
Posted On 07 Feb 2017