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Majority of EU member states missed NIS Directive deadline

Critical service providers across Europe are in for a bumpy ride later this year, and they have their governments to thank. These organisations are subject to the NIS Directive (Directive on security of network and information systems), which each EU member state was required to transpose into national law by 9 May 2018.  However, we’re now three months past that deadline and only 11 nations have … [Read more...]

CEOs the worst offenders when it comes to email security

Nearly 60% of organisations will fall victim to an email-based attack this year, and there’s a good chance the guilty party will be the CEO, according to Mimecast’s The State of Email Security 2018. According to the report, 37% of respondents said their organisation’s CEO is a “weak link” in their cyber security programme. Evidence backs this up: Mimecast found that 31% of C-level employees had … [Read more...]

New Android P includes several security improvements

According to the Android developer Program Overview, the next major version of Android, Android 9.0 or P, is set to arrive soon. Their plans show a final release within the next three months (Q3 2018). The end of the Android P beta program is approaching, with the first release candidate built and released in July. As a security company, we simply can’t help but take a close look at what … [Read more...]

The top cyber security trends of 2018 so far

There have been more than 600 data breaches this year, so people who want to pick out the most serious incidents have plenty to choose from. It’s not simply a case of finding the breaches involving the highest number of stolen records, because a breach compromising names and email addresses isn’t the same as a breach compromising payment card information. Besides, infrastructural damage and … [Read more...]

How to block ads like a pro

In part one of this series, we had a look at a few reasons why you should be blocking online advertisements on your network and devices. From malvertising attacks and privacy-invading tracking systems to just being an outright annoyance, online ads and trackers are a nuisance that provides an attack vector for malware authors, compromise user security, and plainly, diminish the browsing … [Read more...]

IoT domestic abuse: What can we do to stop it?

Some 40 years ago, the sci-fi/horror film Demon Seed told the tale of a woman slowly imprisoned by a sentient AI, which invaded the smart home system her husband had designed to manage it. The AI locked doors, windows, turned off communications, and even put a synthesised version of her onscreen at the front door to reassure visitors she was “fine.” The reality, of course, is that she … [Read more...]

Everybody and their mother is blocking ads, so why aren’t you?

This post may ruffle a few feathers. But we’re not here to offer advice to publishers on how to best generate revenue for their brand. Rather, we’re here to offer the best advice on how to maintain a safe and secure environment. If you’re not blocking advertisements on your PC and mobile device, you should be! And if you know someone who isn’t blocking ads, then forward this post to them. Because … [Read more...]

The future for CISOs following the introduction of the GDPR and NIS Directive

The responsibilities of the CISO (chief information security officer) have remained consistent over the years, but big changes in the cyber security landscape in 2018 could spark an evolution of the role.  Largely led by the introduction of the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the NIS Directive (Directive on security of network and information systems), organisations are shifting … [Read more...]

Major data breaches at Adidas, Ticketmaster pummel web users

There’s been a number of data breaches and accidental data exposures coming to light in the last few days, and no matter where in the world you happen to be located, you’ll want to do some due diligence and see if you’ve been affected. These aren’t small fishes being preyed upon by black hats; we’re talking Adidas, Ticketmaster, and Exactis, the last one being a … [Read more...]

Internet Safety Month: How to protect your child’s privacy online

June marks the beginning of summer. It is also National Internet Safety Month. This is the perfect time to remind vacationers that while it is essential to check that everything you need is packed and ready for a trip, it is equally vital for the family to take steps in securing their devices and their online footprint. We’re talking about managing online privacy and reputation—for you and … [Read more...]