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Your employees are your biggest cyber security threat

Anti-virus software, firewalls, data encryption – these are go-to security solutions for most organisations.  The problem with that? They are each designed to stop cyber criminals accessing your systems but are of little help when it comes to your biggest security weakness – human error.  Studies repeatedly show that organisations are more likely to be breached from an employee misplacing, … [Read more...]

Cyber attacks and data breaches in review: September 2019

September may have fewer data breach incidents than the previous month, but overall there was a massive 363% increase, totalling 531,596,111 breached records. This number includes a whopping 419 million data records exposed from an unknown server and brings the total breached record for the year so far to 10,331,579,614. Plenty of those breaches occurred in Europe, so let’s delve into a few of … [Read more...]

What is business continuity and why is it so important?

The ever-present threat of cyber crime and organisations’ increasing reliance on technology means that business disruptions are inevitable these days. Any day now, your systems could be breached or your physical premises disrupted by criminals, inattentive employees or damaged infrastructure.  When that day comes, you can’t afford to be caught … [Read more...]

Norsk Hydro hit by “severe” cyber attack

Aluminium manufacturing giant Norsk Hydro was forced to switch to manual operations following a “severe” ransomware attack on Monday, 18 March.  The Norway-based company, which employs more than 35,000 people in 40 countries, was reportedly hit with ransomware known as LockerGoga.  Several of its plants around the world … [Read more...]

Online anonymity has allowed cyber crime to thrive

Online anonymity is a complicated topic. There’s no doubt that the elasticity it gives our identities is a massive benefit. We can explore different sides of our personality without affecting the reputation of any other part of us. Unfortunately, that’s also proven to bring out the worst in some of us, with people committing acts online that they would never do in person. Cyber bullying and mob … [Read more...]

What am I supposed to do with all these privacy policy emails?

Society doesn’t tend to agree on much, but late last week hundreds of millions of people were united by the question: “What’s with all these emails about updated privacy policies?” The flurry of messages led to many jokes and memes, but lost among the humour was the reason for this torrent of emails. It wasn’t just an amazing coincidence that every organisation you’ve ever visited updated its … [Read more...]

Ireland warned it is extremely vulnerable to cyber attacks

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which oversees Ireland’s cyber security, issued a warning last week that some government websites were being used to illegally mine cryptocurrency. The NCSC said that it “is aware that a number of websites using software from a third-party vendor is causing visitors to those sites to mine cryptocurrency without their express permission”. It is understood … [Read more...]

4 best practices for avoiding cyber attacks

Most organisations will suffer a data breach in the next year, whether it’s caused by a malicious actor or a careless employee. There are no defences you can put in place to eradicate breaches, but there are steps you can take to mitigate the risk of an attack and the damage that they can cause. Software company ObserveIT sets out the best practices for organisations, and we’ve highlighted the … [Read more...]