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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...]

Protect your organisation by building a security-minded culture

Human behaviour is complex and inconsistent, making it a rich hunting ground for would-be criminal hackers and a significant risk to the security of your organisation.  In Build a Security Culture, security consultant and trainer Kai Roer discusses the human and cultural factors in organisational security, and explains how to ensure your organisation is set up to manage and deter malicious … [Read more...]

7 ways your organisation can suffer a data breach

Organisations of all sizes are waking up to the threat of data breaches. But don’t be fooled into focusing on the prospect of a hacker breaking into your systems. There are many other ways that your organisation can be compromised.  Let’s take a look at seven of the biggest cyber security threats you should be concerned about.   1. Employee error Data breaches aren’t always malicious attacks. … [Read more...]

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...]