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Outdated firmware placing security cameras at risk of cyber attack

Outdated camera firmware and the failure to change default passwords are two of the biggest weaknesses when it comes to organisations’ cyber security defences in the surveillance arena. As the number of interconnected security devices continues to grow, keeping pace with...
Posted On 05 Dec 2019
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Ethical surveillance under discussion at Global MSC Security Conference 2019

On Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 November, security practitioners, law enforcement professionals, academics and policymakers joined forces in Bristol to debate the ethical use of surveillance at the 21st edition of the annual Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition. Official...
Posted On 04 Dec 2019
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ICO deputy commissioner Steve Wood appointed OECD’s Working Party chair

Steve Wood, deputy commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), has been appointed chair of the OECD’s Working Party on Data Governance and Privacy. The Working Party plays an important role in the OECD’s international work to bring policy-makers together,...
Posted On 29 Nov 2019
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“Account checking Armageddon close at hand in New Year” warns Blueliv

Liv Rowley, threat intelligence analyst at Blueliv, has shared details of the company’s predictions on the biggest cyber threats likely to develop in the New Year, from account checking Armageddon through to Monero cryptocurrency mining. With users continuing to re-use the...
Posted On 29 Nov 2019
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Pixels Need Perspective: Video Surveillance and Privacy in Liberal Democracies

Surveillance technology – and, in particular, facial recognition – has become the subject of significant mainstream media debate over the past 12 months. In many cases it has been presented as a significant threat to our privacy and a danger to the very foundations of liberal...
Posted On 29 Nov 2019
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NSI consultation on draft Code of Practice NCP 119 receives “positive response”

The National Security Inspectorate’s (NSI) consultation on its new draft Code of Practice, NCP 119, for the provision of labour in the security and events sector has resulted in a “positive response” from approved companies and labour providers. Margaret Durr, head of...
Posted On 25 Nov 2019
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“Lack of automation” revealed as underlying security challenge in digital transformation initiatives

FireMon has released its 2019 State of the Firewall report, which is seen as the annual benchmark of current issues in firewall management. The latest report finds that enterprises are slow to abandon manual processes, despite being short staffed, as the lack of automation,...
Posted On 13 Nov 2019
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Understanding Security in the World of the “Risk Society”

Renowned sociologist Ulrich Beck explained the so-called “Risk Society” as: “Modern society becoming a risk society in the sense that it’s increasingly occupied with debating, preventing and managing risks that it itself has produced”. Beck was writing in the mid-1980s in a...
Posted On 18 Oct 2019
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Government confronts cyber threats posed to businesses and personal data

Business secretary Andrea Leadsom has announced that British businesses and members of the public are set to be better protected from hostile cyber attacks and online threats like disinformation and cyber bullying thanks to a new Government-backed partnership with industry. The...
Posted On 18 Oct 2019
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NPCC supports UK Government’s call for Facebook to “pause encryption efforts”

Home Secretary Priti Patel has published an open letter to Facebook, co-signed with US Attorney General William Barr, Acting US Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton, outlining “serious concerns” with the...
Posted On 09 Oct 2019