Most cybersecurity research focusing on CPS, IoT and cryptography – but where is AI?

As cybersecurity continues to be a vital area for practically every organisation, the good news is that research continues to be strong in the field.

That’s the latest finding from Crossword Cybersecurity. The company looked at almost 1,200 current and past projects from academic institutions across four continents and found several trends which had emerged since 2013.

There were...

By James Bourne, 10 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Research, Security.

New guidelines aim to help healthcare CIOs with cybersecurity initiatives

CIOs in healthcare will without exception have cybersecurity as one of their primary focus areas for 2019 – if not their biggest priority. To help in this quest, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published a checklist of security best practices to help ensure a ‘holistic view of the intersection between cybersecurity and healthcare’, in the organisation’s own words.

The

By James Bourne, 07 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, Security.

Microsoft beefs up 365 security and compliance with more advanced offerings

Microsoft is certainly not letting up just because it is the start of the year. The company is launching two new offerings for its enterprise-focused Microsoft 365 suite around increasing security and compliance.

The solutions, around identity and threat protection and information protection and compliance respectively, aim to tie up a few more of the disparate areas within the Microsoft enterprise portfolio. Identity and...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Security.

Technology lessons learned for the CIO in 2018 – and what to expect in 2019

As CIOs look to get their organisations on board with disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Robotic Process Automation (RPA), it’s important to ensure that they take the right journey. After all, the path to digital transformation isn’t the same for everyone.

CIOs need to ask themselves how AI will exactly help deliver their business goals, or indeed how RPA will integrate into their infrastructure. And what about the cloud, which will no doubt become integral to AI...

By Gordon Wilson, 20 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Security.

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.