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2019 cyber security news in review

At this time of year, news feeds are chock full of Predictions For The Next Year – and for good reason. Everybody wants to be prepared for what lies ahead.  But if you’re looking for guidance on what 2020 has in store, we suggest you follow the maxim that the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour.  So, as we enter a new year – and indeed a new decade – let’s take a look back at … [Read more...]

Why your organisation should conduct regular penetration tests

It might sound crazy to the uninitiated, but organisations across the globe pay people to break into their systems and find sensitive information.  The reason they do this is simple: to catch a thief, you must think like one. Organisations hire ethical hackers, otherwise known as penetration testers, to make sure they have someone who’s one step ahead of the tactics that crooks use.    What … [Read more...]

How does ransomware infect organisations?

Ransomware has become one of the most infamous types of cyber crime in recent years, with security professionals and the public alike fearing the prospect of attack.  But although many of us broadly understand how ransomware works – computers are infected with malware, locking users out of their files until they make a payment – there is little in-depth knowledge about why the attacks are so … [Read more...]

How can cyber security protect your organisation?

‘Cyber’ is a word we use all the time. But what does it mean? What are the implications for us as directors and general managers? Or as IT security managers and auditors?  ‘Cyber’ is thought to derive from the older term ‘cybernetics’ – based on electronic/mechanical control systems and the degree to which man-made and human worlds interact. Cybernetics is derived from the Greek word ‘kubernan’ – … [Read more...]

Worried about data breaches? Check out our 8-step incident response guide

The key to a successful cyber security strategy is preparation. If you have a plan for how to manage data breaches and other disruptions, you can get to work on remediation immediately.  And what’s more, everyone in your organisation knows their roles. There’ll be no one wandering around unsure what to do as a crisis unfolds.  Instead, people will turn to management, who can relay instructions and … [Read more...]

Microsoft is the most frequently impersonated brand in phishing scams

With hundreds of millions of phishing emails sent each day, we are all familiar with dodgy messages supposedly from a service we use telling us that we need to urgently address some “suspicious activity”.  In fact, we probably receive more phony security alerts than real ones. It’s getting to the point where many of us see an email from our most trusted brands and assume that it’s a scam.  This is … [Read more...]

How to identify and respond to cyber threats

“How can we avoid cyber attacks?” That’s the question every organisation is asking as the threat of cyber crime continues to spiral.  It’s easy to point to solutions like anti-malware software or encrypting sensitive information, but as we explain in this blog, things are rarely that simple.  That’s because threats come in many forms, and it takes a holistic approach to deal with them … [Read more...]

Why a cyber security culture is essential for your organisation to succeed

Do your employees complain about having to take information security training courses? Are they still practising poor data protection practices?  If so, you have a poor cyber security culture and are liable to suffer a data breach sooner rather than later.  Lax practices in the workplace mean it’s not just cyber criminals you should be concerned about but also breaches caused … [Read more...]

Cyber attacks and data breaches in review: October 2019

It was a mixed bag this month in terms of cyber attacks and data breaches. On the one hand, the 421,103,896 data records that were confirmed to have been compromised represents about half of the monthly average.  But on the other hand, the 111 incidents accounts for the highest monthly total this year.  As we do every month, let’s review some of the most notable incidents that took place in … [Read more...]

Develop better cyber security by taking a wider view of the threats

Technology giveth and technology taketh away, and not always in equal measure. A new technology sometimes creates more than it destroys. Sometimes, it destroys more than it creates. But it is never one-sided. (Postman, 1990)  Despite Postman’s dire prediction, society has profited immensely from the development, implementation, and operation of new information technologies. Our lives have been … [Read more...]