The evolving role of the CISO: How digitisation brings the fight to security threats

It's a simple fact that data makes the modern economy turn. Being the first business to act on insights gained from pivotal pieces of information gives businesses a distinct competitive advantage. However, it's also quickly becoming a fact that the same data is being targeted by skilled cybercriminals intent on causing damage to infrastructure.   Sophisticated cyber attacks With the world facing sophisticated attacks such as the likes of WannaCry, Petya and NotPetya in 2017, cyber threats are the biggest modern technological fear. Although sectors such as financial services are most at risk, there have also been numerous high-profile attacks on utilities, oil and gas and food manufacturing...

By Robin Whitehead, 07 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Security.

How to prevent illness on your network - with the right medicine

The winter season is peak time for infection and disease across the UK.  But the old saying “prevention is better than cure“ is not only relevant to our personal health, but also to our networks and IT systems.

In corporate networks, the classic defence against malware and other external attacks is usually split-up between two solutions: a firewall and a traditional antivirus program. The firewall is similar...

By Ronald Sens, 05 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security.

Ransomware is the ‘number one’ threat for small and medium businesses, argues Datto

Ransomware continues to be the primary attack vector small businesses face, according to a new report from business continuity and networking provider Datto.

The findings appear in the company’s latest Global State of the Channel Ransomware Report, which polled 2,400 managed service providers. According to the report, more than 55% of those polled said their clients had experienced a ransomware attack in the first six...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Malware, Security.

Commoditising cybercrime: The rise of ransomware-as-a-service

Recent years have seen a growing number of high-profile ransomware attacks such as WannaCry hit the headlines for their ability to hijack a huge number of computers in a short space of time and extort victims into paying ransoms in order to get their information back. In the case of WannaCry, over 200,000 computers were infected across 150 countries in just four days, with the ransoms being demanded ranging from $300-$600 per computer. Estimates put the...

By Naaman Hart, 21 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Malware, Security.

The real deal on cybercrime, breach timelines, and mounting a proactive defence

Here’s something that may seem obvious but is more true today than ever: Organisations that take security breaches seriously (which should be all of them) can’t afford to sit back and take a reactive approach to their defensive strategy. Although a considerable amount of damage can be done in a shockingly short period of time, simple proactive steps can often thwart cybercriminals and defend organisations against a wide variety of attacks.

By Ted Ross, 19 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Malware, Security.

Get to grips with DevSecOps – and address security flaws much more quickly

The number of vulnerable applications in an organisation’s ecosystem remains at a ‘staggeringly high’ level according to new research – but putting DevSecOps practices into action appear to have some benefits.

That’s according to a report from CA Veracode. The latest State of Software Security report – CA Technologies having acquired Veracode last year – gives a ‘promising’...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Productivity, Security.

WhiteHat Security reveals how enterprise security vulnerabilities are introduced via traditional applications

In its 2018 Application Security Statistics Report, titled “The Evolution of the Secure Software Lifecycle”, WhiteHat Security has identified the security vulnerabilities and challenges introduced into the enterprise through traditional applications, and through agile development frameworks, microservices, application programming interfaces (APIs), and cloud architectures.

The annual study, which was published in...

By Enterprise CIO, 22 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Three steps to create secure instant messaging within your organisation

Instant messaging (IM) applications are now a given in the modern enterprise. In fact, according to this article in Wired magazine, they are almost as old as the Internet itself!  It’s easy to see why instant messaging applications are popular - they are quick to use, less formal than email and allow for instantaneous communication.  Users can see immediately when their colleagues are online, share files quickly and...

By Jan van Vliet, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Security.

Four cybersecurity challenges that critical infrastructures are facing

Earlier this year, Russia started a widespread cyber-attack targeting critical infrastructures around the world, including tens of thousands of devices in British homes. So back in April, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a joint alert, warning that the Russian Government had carried out an attack...

By Anthony Perridge, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Security.