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2018’s Major Security Breaches: How They Could Have Been Avoided

2018 was a year of both highs and lows for information security, asserts Guy Bunker. The enforcement of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took full effect in May which brought the importance of protecting sensitive customer data to the forefront of people’s minds...
Posted On 11 Feb 2019
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Institute of Risk Management professionals identify key risks on horizon for 2019

Cyber security, Brexit, geopolitics and financial market fluctuations are among the chief concerns for businesses voiced by some of the UK’s leading risk experts as they look ahead to 2019. Senior members of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) have identified key risk areas...
Posted On 15 Jan 2019
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PandaLabs issues Annual Report and outlines cyber predictions for 2019

2017 was the year when the word ransomware stopped being a term exclusive to cyber security experts and IT departments. The enormous media attention that attacks such as WannaCry and Petya/GoldenEye received turned this type of threat into one of the key trends for businesses...
Posted On 17 Dec 2018
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“Large disparity in cyber security skills and spending across NHS Trusts” reveals Redscan Freedom of Information requests

Redscan has announced the results of a series of Freedom of Information (FoI) requests submitted to NHS Trusts across the UK. The penetration testing, threat detection and incident response specialist has found that, on average, NHS Trusts have just one member of staff on the...
Posted On 11 Dec 2018
Dame Margaret Beckett MP
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Government efforts on cyber security “lack clear political leadership” asserts Parliamentary Committee

The Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy has published its report on the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) in which it states that the threat to the UK’s CNI is both “growing and evolving”. Indeed, the cyber threat posed to the UK’s CNI – ie 13...
Posted On 19 Nov 2018
Alan Calder
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People and Processes: The Key Drivers for Effective Cyber Security

Cyber security investment continues to spiral, with Gartner predicting that global security spend will reach £71.72 billion by the end of the year as a direct result of regulatory change, mindset and a growing awareness of threats, writes Alan Calder. With over 40% of UK...
Posted On 09 Nov 2018
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Staying Secure in the Digital Realm: Understanding The Cyber Threat Landscape

In early July, IBM Security and The Ponemon Institute released the ‘Cost of a Data Breach’ Study in which it was reported that the global average cost of a data breach and the average cost for lost or stolen information have both increased. The former is up by 6.4% to...
Posted On 07 Nov 2018
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NHS WannaCry attack findings “demonstrate improving awareness” of costs of IT downtime

The decision by the Department of Health and Social Care to assign real values to the ‘lost outputs’ experienced by the NHS during the 2017 WannaCry cyber attack is indicative of how organisations are taking a much more holistic view of the financial impact of IT downtime. This...
Posted On 07 Nov 2018
Ragnar Schierholz
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Industrial Control System Cyber Incidents: Lessons to be Learned

Despite modern automation, protection and control systems being highly specialised IT systems, many use commercial off-the-shelf components along with standardised IP-based communication protocols. In addition, they can be distributed and highly interconnected systems that use...
Posted On 31 Oct 2018
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Successful threat intelligence programmes save UK businesses £6 million on average in past 12 months

Security platform provider ThreatConnect’s latest survey, entitled ‘Building A Threat Intelligence Programme’, reports that cyber security decision-makers inside organisations with mature threat intelligence programs (70%) say their infrastructure has blocked...
Posted On 25 Sep 2018