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Don’t post pictures of your airline boarding card to social media or you could become a cybercrime victim. In the days when speeds of connectivity made the pace of a glacier seem sprightly, and nobody was connected outside of their home or office cyber-crime was an unknown entity. Back then in the ‘dial up’ years another crime wave was creating […]

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In order to stay on top of all the current cyber threats, use a bit of intelligence. “You are not going to win, you do realise that, don’t you? There are far more of them than there is of you”, as I was once told by an experienced cyber security professional, who was in charge of a major security operations […]

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Why wait until things become critical? Get on board now with the new cyber security legislation. Imagine the doomsday scenario, which as it happens seems to be a popular pastime of most of those gainfully employed in the cyber security industry, where Amazon Prime unexpectedly shuts down for 48 hours, or maybe 72 hours, or maybe even a week. What […]

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The HR department is the perfect fit for taking on the role of cybersecurity culture creators. It is often reported and commented on in the IT and wider business press that in order to mitigate the ever-increasing risk of cybercrime, that an organisation needs to develop a ‘cybersecurity culture’. This is loosely defined as when all members of staff have […]

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Sometimes the most unexpected unions come together. A few years ago, the UK chocolate company Cadbury, was taken over by Kraft the US food giant. Within not very long this new company had blended two of their most famous products, Diary Milk chocolate and Philadelphia soft cheese. Sounded strange but from memory was surprisingly palatable. Hearing that Facebook was entering […]

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What do you do when a support professional asks you to disable your cybersecurity measures? Support contracts have been a mainstay of the IT industry since its inception. Hardware, software, service providers and more all offer their own take on a combination of self-help, chatbots, phone support, remote support and onsite maintenance, for a varying degree of fees. But what […]

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When is IT not IT? When it’s IT security of course. That was the message from the CSO website this week. They explained how having IT is not enough anymore and that businesses need a separate IT security team. They succinctly pointed out that as the awareness of cyber security has increased in recent years, it has more often than […]

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Could a knock on effect of GDPR cause an avalanche of paper work onto an unsuspecting team of customer service and support teams? I’m a bit worried about GDPR. At the moment, there are an increasing amount of awareness seminars, webinars and information events taking place in order to get businesses of all sizes to understand the far-reaching effects of […]

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The natural upgrade cycle of IT hardware can be an opportunity to determine the value of data and how to increase its cyber protection. When undertaking a cybersecurity strategy one of the early processes to undertake is to determine value. Value of the data that your company holds. If this data was lost, or was stolen could that value be […]

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“Cyber-security is moving relentlessly higher in terms of businesses’ priorities”, is how the newspaper The Scotsman, opened its recent article on cyber security. They discussed how a warning to the insurance industry by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) illustrated the need for insurers to assess and anticipate the cyber-risk to which they are exposed through the policies they write. Which […]

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The post WannaCry and Petya world is a money making opportunity for some. After last week’s Petya ransomware outbreak, coming only a few weeks after the WannaCry outbreak a predictable series of events unfolded. Not the technologists urging companies to take preventative actions against such attacks, not the security specialists deconstructing the attack, its origins and its motivations, and its […]

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It’s a commodity that appears to be in increasingly short supply. It’s a shame that it isn’t taught in schools. So many seem to lack even the most basic form of it What am I talking about? That strangely intangible concept of ‘Common Sense’ CNET this week explained how there was a woeful lack of common sense in the realms […]

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How long will it take to get into a habit of using basic cyber hygiene techniques? When you come out of a training course, be that one on cyber security from the NCSC, or one that will assist with your continued professional development you always make a little deal with yourself that without fail you will put in practise, starting […]

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The debate into leaving backdoors in all forms of digital communications took another twist this week, surprisingly in favour of the individual. As reported by the BBC the European Parliament committee is proposing that end-to-end encryption be enforced. This would be used to protect sensitive personal data from hacking and government surveillance. This of course goes against some of the […]

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Where do you stand on the using private social media accounts as part of an ‘extreme vetting’ policy? The summer is on its way. Before long you will be packing your bags, grabbing your passport and heading off to fun packed family adventures. But how would you feel if when going through passport control, you were stopped and refused entry […]

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Is the question “Why is cyber security so damn hard?” the right one to be asking? “Why is cyber security so damn hard?” lamented an SME owner to me a couple of weeks ago. “It just seems that it is unrelenting, unpredictable and highly distracting” he added. Now I’m not one for immediately responding with insight and words of calm […]

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From Shakespeare to House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts, those in power have often had issues with breaches; data or otherwise. Now I don’t want to sound all a bit cultured here, as this blog is all about cyber security, but I’m going to talk a little bit about Shakespeare. Now please don’t be put off, but my very […]

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When I advise businesses on being protected against cyber-attacks, one of the first things I focus on is their desktop operating systems. Updates bring about improvements, and fix potential security flaws. It is free, and can easily be automated, but can also be forgotten. Old operating systems often cannot be updated, and from a security perspective this is dangerous. Organisations […]

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The WannaCry global ransomeware attack exposed a collective cyber security failure. There was no escaping the cyber security apocalypse that struck the world at around 3pm last Friday when the so called WannaCry ransomware took hold of a tens of thousands of unpatched computers across the World, causing a cyber attack unprecedented in scale. All major news outlets ran the […]

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The news cycle over the weekend was dominated by reports of a worldwide spate of ransomware based Cyber Attacks. There is plenty of information covering the how, and the why, and the inevitable finger pointing has started with many looking to allocate blame to various governments and their associated agencies. Common questions following this type of event are how it […]

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Hacktivisim has given itself a media friendly makeover. It’s now called Fake News. One of the most intriguing cyber crime threats, is that of hacktivisim. Where an individual or a collective seek to manipulate, expose, falsify or destroy the reputations of individuals, companies or organisations in return for some form of gain. This gain doesn’t have to be financial, but […]

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Do you know what data you have shared with the World? With all aspects of cyber security there is an overarching assumption that you, as an individual knows what data you own and what you may have shared with the world. But do you? Cyber crime is based on the concept that data has value, if that data can be stolen […]

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Ok, it’s a Friday and the Bank Holiday weekend is upon us. Chances are you have knocked off early and are probably having a chat over a drink with friends and colleagues. Now if cyber security crops up in amongst the topics of conversation would you be able to put your hand on your heart and say “Yep, after years […]

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GDPR Is Going To Affect Customers And Businesses Quite Differently I’m not entirely sure why I get so much unsolicited mail through my door. Every day I have a little routine of picking it up from the doormat, sifting out what is not junk and putting it to one side, then placing what remains into the recycling. I have to […]

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Simple cyber security measures could become part of everyday domestic life Over the Easter weekend I found myself in a second-hand bookshop and strangely transfixed by the August 1947 edition of ‘The Housewife’ magazine. Don’t judge! This piece of print that ran to over a hundred pages was a wonderful window onto the domestic lives, lived out across this country […]

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Now would be a good time to have a conversation about GDPR How’s those GDPR conversations going? Assuming of course you have had some. If you haven’t then don’t worry you are not alone as there seems to be increasing confusion about this legislation. I read on the website Information Age last week, and posted it to the National Cyber […]

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There is no doubt in the minds of us all that the forthcoming Brexit negotiations and eventual ‘deal’ is going to throw up as many questions as it possibly answers One, however that is already answered and there is no ambiguity is that regarding the adoption of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. This regulation, that will harmonise […]

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Maybe the best way to attack the big issue of cyber security is to think small. It’s all a bit too much isn’t it, this cyber security lark? Every day there are more threats, every day there are more reports about companies failing to mitigate the risk and there is a seemingly never ending range of products, services and standards […]

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I’m sure many of you can remember when the choice of TV channels in the UK was, how do I say this, limited! For years, it felt that the hundreds of channels that our trans-Atlantic cousins enjoyed may never find their way to the shores of our little island. Then it changed. After the initial ‘wow’ I like many fell […]

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How much are you willing to invest in securing your corporate data? Maybe that depends on how it’s being stored.  Just for a moment suspend your understanding on how data storage mediums have increased in capacity during last quarter of a century or so. Imagine that we hit ‘peak storage technology’ with that plucky little device known as the 3.5” […]

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The Macquarie Dictionary announced in January that its 2016 ‘Word of The Year’ was ‘fake news’. Macquarie defined this phrase as “It captures an interesting evolution in the creation of deceptive content as a way of herding people in a specific direction”. Like all new trends, it has its spinoffs and associates and in the cyber world that would be […]

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It’s time to change the course of your cyber security strategy and point it in the direction of GDPR. Back in December 2016 the UK Government published a policy paper titled “Cyber Security Regulation and Incentives Review”, did you read it? Probably not. In that document one of the recommendations was, and I quote “Government will therefore seek to improve […]

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Every week it seems another story breaks about how data is stolen… …people’s privacy is breached and a well known company eats technical humble pie and declares that they will fix a venerability in their systems that was compromised. But this week a story about cyber security that must be the most saddening I’ve read landed in my inbox. This […]

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Has the recent Wikileaks revelations started the process of digitally disrupting the defence industry? I can’t even count the number of movies I’ve watched where there is a ‘secret’ item that the heroes are trying to ether prevent from falling into the wrong hands, or obtain from their nemesis in order to prevent some global catastrophe. These items can be […]

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Any fellow procrastinators out there? Any at all? Put your hands up, don’t be shy What’s your worst procrastination story? Mine is buying a book all about procrastination and then never getting around to actually reading it, but I will, at some point. Other things just seem to have taken priority or distracted me. I’m sure all of us have […]

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Start talking ‘cyber’ with somebody who has a technical background and within about 5 mins you will start to glaze over. Trust me you will, how do I know? Because I talk about cyber, I have a technical background and I have seen that look too many times! So let’s get back to basics. This article is about 800 words […]

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What is the answer to cyber security? Well that depends on what side of the fence you are sitting, the defensive or the offensive! Or maybe you are on both sides… As all aspects of the cyber security industry increase in momentum there is a new answer each and every week. Blockchain, the distributed database technology that came to greater […]

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Will we one day look back and be pleased that cyber security appeared when it did? Have you ever been told that “Everything happens for a reason”? I know have, many times. Usually involving some challenging aspect of my life that has cropped up without warning and now requires a huge amount of effort to resolve. The theory is that […]

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It’s not smartphones. It’s not the much-discussed internet of things (IoT) either. It certainly isn’t wearables, or drones… …according to Fortune magazine who were reporting on the recent RSA Conference in San Francisco, the biggest story in technology right now is cyber security. This annual cryptography and information security-related conference has been running for over 25 years however in recent […]

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Would you feel more or less safe if there was a ‘back door’ into your personal data? Imagine the situation, you are at home one day minding your own business and a knock at the door comes. It’s the Police. Immediately your heart races as you rapidly imagine all the scenarios as why they need to talk to you. You have […]

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If there is an opposite to cyber security, what would it be? If this question game up on some early evening TV quiz show the most likely answer would be hacking! Hacking has been around as long as computers and software have been in our lives, in fact hardware hacks were around long before then as engineers looked to subvert […]

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It could be argued that cyber security originated primarily as a technical issue. Vulnerabilities in software were exploited initially to cause disruption, but as soon as financial transactions were allowed on the internet then these vulnerabilities were exploited for criminal gain. As soon as there is criminal activity then law enforcement attempts to quash it and if it doesn’t then […]

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How many times will you suffer from a cyber attack before you actually take real action? The answer is probably three. “How many times have I got to tell you to stop doing that before you will learn?” would often be heard around my childhood home, as I’m sure it was in yours and probably in your children’s if truth […]

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I’ll let you into a little secret here, just as long as you promise not to tell too many people. It’s that many IT ‘types’ from IT managers, to code warriors to those tireless individuals who man help desks around the world, all share one thing in common. That they like to think of themselves is low level super heroes! […]

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You are more likely to be attacked from the inside by ‘one of your own’ than you are by a distant faceless cyber criminal. In a far-off land, huddled behind a back of glowing computer monitors, there is a criminal gang planning its next great cyber attack. We can only imagine what their ultimate aim is but it’s safe to […]

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It appears that all the building blocks are now in place to tackle the threat of cyber security. The IT industry is not one known for looking back in the misguided sense that things were better in its past. Why? Because they weren’t. Some of us ‘computer boomers’ from the 1980s may have dewy eyed memories of our first Sinclair […]

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How can you defend yourself when you don’t know where your enemy will spring from? Don’t worry, this isn’t the start of some kind of military basic training, it’s a valid question that any self-respecting board member will ask when considering how to address their cyber security issues. The answer is of course: threat intelligence. Gaining information from trusted sources […]

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Who is your DPO? Come May 2018 and the introduction of GDPR you are going to need one. If you are a business owner, a board member, an HR professional or an IT manager can I ask you to do just one thing before the end of the day? Just put a note in your diary for Friday 25th May […]

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I remember my Grandfather telling me that during times of conflict, and he was referring to the Second World War, that there were jobs for everyone. This was being said against the backdrop of unemployment figures in the early 1980s that topped 3 million. He was convinced, rightly or wrongly, that if we were plunged into some sort of war […]

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The working world headed back to their respective offices this week, rested, energised and pledging to keep their News Year’s Resolutions (for once). No doubt somewhere on that list will be to ‘finally’ address the issue of cyber security. If this resolution is not on the respective list, then it should be because a week didn’t pass in 2016 without […]

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A new Cold War is erupting between two old adversaries with cyber security at its heart. After an appropriate amount of time has passed concepts from the past seem to reappear. Not in their former guise but updated, with a different cast and a slightly refined agenda. I’m led to believe that this process of ‘rebooting’ as its come to […]

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Businesses may be slowing down for the approaching holidays; a perfect time to stage a cyber crime. And so this is Christmas…How much time are you taking off? Just a few days, or are you ‘shutting down’ between Christmas and New Year. I don’t blame you if you do, whats the point of going into the office, it’s very quiet […]

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The next twelve months will bring more change to cyber security, but it’s always been that way with technology. It’s difficult not to reflect at this time of year, over the situations, events and experiences that have punctuated your life over the last fifty weeks or so. Technology, in all its forms, continues to evolve a fact that is not […]

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The Government has just passed legislation to store twelve months worth of your online activity. Look I know you are busy, no doubt knee deep in tinsel, wrapping paper, food preparation and all the other festive delights that go into making the holiday season work. I’m also aware that by any measure it’s been a heck of a year, so […]

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There is a new breed of ‘thing’ ready to compromise your security. Back in 1982 long before the world got connected a horror film called ‘The Thing’ hit the big screen. The ‘thing’ in this instance was an extra-terrestrial life-form that assimilates other organisms and in turn imitates them. In this story, it manages to infiltrate an Antarctic research station, […]

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Who is about to have the most wonderful time of the year. You or the cyber criminals? You can’t fail to have noticed that we are entering the holiday season. The one where gifts are bought and exchanged, where food is consumed to almost glutinous levels and money is spent like it is going out of fashion. The online shelves […]

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Accidents Can Happen, But We Need To Learn From Them. Despite all the technological advancements of the last few centuries the scientists and engineers of this world have yet to crack the ‘if only I could turn back time by 30 seconds’ that is often needed once you have incorrectly addressed an email. Despite all the technological advancements of the […]

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Now Is A Good Time to Review Your Basic Cyber Hygiene Another well known name got added to the ever expanding list of cybercrime victims recently. Tesco can now sit alongside TalkTalk, eBay, LinkedIn and others in being compromised by an invisible enemy. They confirmed this week that they had detected online criminal activity in 40,000 of current accounts of […]

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Sometimes the old ones are still the best ones, even in cyber security. When you read that two of the high ranking officials in the campaign of Hilary Clinton both suffered at the hands of cyber-criminals you’d be forgiven for thinking what hope there is for the rest of us. One would like to assume that if you were the […]

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Are you tired of security procedures punctuating even the simplest of tasks? You are not alone. Did you go for a run this morning, or last night? How about managing to eat your ‘five a day’ yesterday? or drinking at least eight glasses of water and getting the magical eight hours of sleep! Did you do any of those? Don’t […]

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What advice does a genuine expert give on cybersecurity? When the political history books are written the comment by the former Justice Secretary, Michael Gove given during the Brexit campaign that “Britain has had enough of experts” may just be his professional epitaph. I disagree with Mr Gove on this point and that when making decisions of great magnitude the […]

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Does cybersecurity need just a little more passion? How do you go about building a better mousetrap? This question is often thrown out at a range of meetings, from school Design & Technology lessons, through to corporate strategy and team building gatherings. Is the mousetrap a perfect resolution to the threat of vermin infestation? Can it be done better? This […]

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Have we learned our lessons from cyber security? Maybe not as well as we should have done. “Why don’t you ever learn!”, would be a familiar phrase to me as a child as I could never resist the temptation to touch wet paint just to see if it was wet or not. Of course it was wet, but why didn’t […]

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If you could be granted one super power, I wonder how many of you would opt for ‘predicting the future’. Sure, there would be the obvious betting on future sporting events scam that you could utilise but if you think deeper than that, would it be a blessing or a curse? What if you could have accurately predicted the rise […]

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Suffered a cyber attack? Are you ready to face the music? A mere six months ago you were a small ‘widget’ manufacturer based in the West Midlands. A family business, now in its third generation. The company had provided well for you and your family for as long as you can remember. You prided yourself on your craft and the […]

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What’s the most annoying thing about technology? Ok, that might induce a barrage of emails, so rather than ask a question, let’s make a statement. Passwords have to be one of the most annoying aspects of technology. Do you agree? Everybody has multiple passwords, for home, for work, for shopping, for accessing pretty much anything and despite all the advice […]

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Who is to blame for your current organisations cyber security woes? It might be you. Cyber security is decimating businesses globally. Cyber crime is syphoning off billions of Pounds, Euros, Yen and Dollars from their respective economies. Hackers and cyber criminals seem to be impervious to capture and prosecution. Who is to blame for all this? ‘Where there’s blame there’s […]

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After reading the feature on the website of ZDNet this week, the phrase “just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean that they are NOT out to get you”, immediately sprung to mind. They had listed out what they referred to as a ‘spotters’ guide to the groups who are out to get you. This list of what others would call […]

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How would you react to seeing a major incident occur in real time right in front of your eyes? During the summer of 1993 without any prior warning I was an eye witness to a plane crash. Two Mig 29 fighters from Russia were performing an aerobatic display at the Royal International Air Tattoo, held at Fairford in Gloucestershire, when […]

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  As you arrive at work this morning your eye sees the headline of the paper expressing concern that every single person in the UK has become a victim of cyber-crime. Yes, all 65 million inhabitants of this little rocky outcrop in the North Atlantic have had some of their personal data compromised. Sounds like the opening scenes to a […]

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Can you feel it? We are just on the cusp of change. The summer is almost done, the children will soon return to school and the business world will crank back up to full speed. When you look back on your summer of 2016, those couple of weeks you managed to get away from it all, did you manage a […]

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If you needed any more indication that the threat from cyber-crime was fast moving, then head over to Forbes magazine and take a look at their article “Five Cybersecurity Dangers To Worry About This Week” Yes, this week! Not this month, not ‘over the next quarter’, or ‘to consider when you have the time’, but this week. With threats continually […]

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Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a ‘Kitemark’ style voluntary scheme for Cyber Security. Oh wait, there is! Pick up any product and somewhere on its underbelly you will find a range of what appears to be modern hieroglyphics. These are not strategically placed emoji giving off some hidden meaning, nor are they the hiding place for a particularly awkward […]

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How many times can you recall that in your own life technology has been ‘blamed’ for something? Often I have heard how people didn’t receive an email, lost a document, or missed a meeting as it had been deleted from their calendar. I’ll admit that technology now and again in its early days, its nursery days, may have been a […]

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If you could sit down and have a face to face open conversation with a cyber criminal what do you think they would tell you? In this fictionalised interview, we attempt to look at cyber crime from their perspective. How did it all start? I can’t say that it was a planned career move or anything like that, in fact […]

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Do we learn from our mistakes? I’d like to think so, but the ever increasing reports on IoT devices with major cyber security shortfalls is making me wonder. The current cyber security risks can, if we want to be brutal about it, be put down to technology developers of all colours focusing on the features and functionality over security. I […]

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Want to become a cyber criminal but don’t have the technical skills? Don’t worry, there is a service provider out there willing to help!   For years I was often involved in the implementation of what was then considered a major IT project. Many months would be taken up on the design, development, deployment and testing of a customer relationship […]

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Hacktivists taking a moral stance against an organisations business is one of the most challenging cyber threats to suppress. On a number of occasions ‘Anonymous’ the loosely associated international network of activist and hacktivists, have accessed the membership records of the Ku Klux Klan and threatened to make them public as well as shutting down their website on a number […]

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I’m going to go out on a bit of a limb here and disclose a little bit of information about me that may leave me open to judgement and ridicule. I have to admit that I’m a bit of a train fan. Now before you start using the word ‘spotter’ and hurl all those clichés at me, let me clarify. […]

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In order to reduce the likelihood of becoming a cyber crime statistic just ask yourself a couple of questions. I was recently discussing with West Mercia Police the current state of cyber security awareness amongst the general public. West Mercia, like many other Police forces are currently undertaking an outreach campaign of education and online crime prevention. The two highly […]

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Even the most technically uninterested cannot have failed to have heard about Pokemon GO, the new mobile game that integrates the much loved characters from the 90s card trading game and the until now niche technology of augmented reality. This blend has got literally thousands of game players leaving the confines of their home and heading out into the real […]

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Scams have been around for a very long time, in fact dodgy deals done by wheeler dealers are almost part of our heritage. For those of a certain age the names ‘Del Boy’ or ‘Arthur Daley’ spring to mind. Those camelhair coated fictitious rogues who could sell dubious products to an unsuspecting public were willing to cut corners and use […]

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You know the routine : got my tickets, got my passport, got my foreign currency. All set to head to the airport for another business trip. Seasoned business travelers are now becoming prime targets at airports to be ‘digitally mugged’. According to a report by Kaspersky labs of 11,850 business people, the pressure of getting online to keep on top […]

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In 1964 as the then Cassius Clay beat the fearsome Sonny Liston, his eyes became bright and his voice pushed out a message that was compelling. “I shook up the world”, he cried, “I shook up the world”. From here he changed his name to Muhammad Ali and continued to change the world. He was a disruptor, loved by many, […]

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The summer is almost upon us. How can I tell? Well obviously not by the weather, which I will resist the temptation to discuss in any detail other than my old Boy Scout motto of ‘be prepared’ seems to be the order to the day. Summer is here because the major sporting occasions have kicked off and many of them […]

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After a bit of deliberation and double checking that I had seen what I thought I had seen I called the Police the other night. I had witnessed a crime. Even though all the facts were there my natural law abiding mind didn’t believe that it was in fact a crime. On calling the Police I gave them all the […]

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It is often said that, ‘politics is a serious business’. Making decisions that will effect individuals and businesses alike for years if not generations, in both positive and not so positive ways, brings with it a responsibility that few of us would be openly willing to shoulder. As the political landscape in here in the UK undergoes a seismic shift, […]

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With summer in full swing the garden centres of our little island nation are doing a brisk trade. The dizzying array of items available to assist in the creation of the perfect garden appear to be endless. On my infrequent trips to such establishments I’m often taken aback by the increasingly aggressive range of tools available. You can cut, lop, […]

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“I’m sorry, but the bank cannot provide you with any services due to you being a cyber risk”. Fiction? Perhaps at the moment but as the financial services sector continues to try and integrate legacy systems into online platforms more and more security holes appear. If you add more customers to these systems, then there is a greater likelihood that […]

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After another challenging day at the office, you come home to find a letter from the school that your child attends. Concerned, as they normally email, you open it and are shocked at what you read. The school has suffered a cyber breach the consequences of which are that data about your child has now found itself onto the dark […]

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Have you ever tried to make a change in life? You want to lose weight. You want to read more. You want to get more exercise. It can be tough to change habits of a lifetime. Just the thought of doing it in comparison to how you have trundled on in your own world of normality can put you off. […]

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As somebody who is creative by nature I have often been accused of having my head in the clouds. Was I ahead of my time? As you can’t avoid the term ‘cloud computing’ no matter how hard you try. Companies now offer ‘cloud services’ and you can do ‘cloud backup’ or ‘cloud collaboration’. Apple has iCloud, Google has a suite […]

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I was once told at school that making a few jokes, or comments in class was disruptive, it changed the pattern of the normal, of the familiar, of the tried and tested. I’d prefer to think of comments that question, even if it’s in a jovial sense as insightful and broadens the topic of discussion. Perhaps I was a generation […]

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You know that little device that you pull out of your pocket, your jacket or your handbag every few minutes. The one that you access with your finger print or pin number to check on your latest emails, txts or social media posts. What is it? Yes, I’m simply asking you what it is. Not a difficult question, just imagine […]

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As even the most mundane elements of our lives go through a process of digitisation they become a potential feeding ground for ever hungry cyber criminals. Matt Hancock, the Minister for the Cabinet Office who was speaking at a cyber security event hosted by the Telegraph newspaper, said that chief executives need to take more responsibility for customer data else […]

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You need to take a step back and give yourself some hearty congratulations. You’ve done it. The monster that was cyber security has been tamed. You have endpoint protection in place. Complex password policy, after a bumpy start, is gaining universal acceptance. The staff training is ongoing, but being warmly received. The patch management solution is working like a dream. […]

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I can recall from a dusty history lesson back in my school days that there was period of technological advancement known as the industrial revolution. Powered by water, steam and new methods of mechanisation and overseen by cigar smoking Victorian men sporting stove pipe hats, this period transformed our green and pleasant land to one littered with mills, factories and […]

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The professional advice is never to negotiate; you should never pay a criminal gang who is holding you to ransom. Report them to the authorities who will investigate their activities further. Sound advice and a strong stance to take, however what if there is a clock ticking and you have only 72 hours to comply or you will lose all […]

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From the latter part of the 1970s for about a decade,  broadcast TV did have some strange things beaming out from it. Things that when you look back on them still seem to have a healthy dose of ‘odd’ about them. ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’, for those of you that may remember it (or have been trying to forget about […]

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What are you up to today? Anything nice? When the alarm went off at silly o clock this morning did you jump out of bed, run 5 miles, eat a perfectly balanced breakfast and then get into the office early to continue your journey up the career ladder? If you did, then congratulations I’m right behind you. What about your boss, […]

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Getting an unexpected cost is never nice, it hurts. You kick yourself for not foreseeing this, or chastise those involved in the situation that allowed it to happen. If you were an organisation that was already under financial pressure, it just makes the entire situation worse. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has recently fined a London NHS trust £180,000 for […]

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A couple of weeks ago the political satire TV show, VEEP, returned to the screens in the USA for its fifth season. For those of you not familiar with it, the show is set in the office of Selina Meyer, a fictional Vice President, and subsequent President, of the United States. The series follows Meyer and her team as they […]

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When I watch feats of great achievement, when a team of folks row across the Atlantic blindfolded, or hop to the Antarctic wearing nothing but a smile, I wonder how they must feel as they start this adventure. I’m sure it commences with a conversation about an opportunity to do something new, something different, something that will change things for […]

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Many of the scientists, hardware engineers and software specialists that I have met are all hoping that their contributions to the wider progress of technology will make the world a much better, nicer and safer place for us all. Sadly, that hasn’t always been the case as the scientific and engineering endeavours of some individuals, that may have been well meaning at […]

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So you find yourself at the blunt end of Donald Trumps Presidential campaign, after he states that to keep you all out of the USA he’s going to build a wall of such monumental proportions that the Great Wall Of China will be comparable in stature to that of a small wall retaining the perimeter of a domestic patio. Being […]

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Celebrity culture has a striking similarity to cyber security, in that many wish to avoid it, ignore it and hope it will just go away however its natural tenacity somehow always breaks through and permeates into our everyday life. Rather than ignore the celebrity culture a particular ongoing issue may be able to teach us all a valuable lesson with […]

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The players may have changed, but the team remains. No longer are the USA and Russia rattling their nuclear sabers at one another over the long since opened iron curtain, now it’s all about cyber security. However, the two superpowers are working not against each other, despite current tensions, but collaboratively in order to prevent the countries from mistakenly getting […]

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The former daily newspaper, The Independent, ceased its print edition last month but continues online. It published something earlier this week that I thought was essentially an oxymoron – a map of cybercrime. Surely cybercrime happens online, thus is devoid of any specific geographical connection. The map that they refer to was developed by the financial technology firm Intelligent Environments […]

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When you read that more than 90 percent of corporate executives said they cannot read a cybersecurity report it makes you wonder what is going wrong with the way that the cyber security industry communicates threats and risks. Is cyber security still too overtly technical? Or is it that the executives in question don’t know who to take trusted advice […]

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I don’t know much about Panama. Up to now my knowledge has been limited to being aware that they have a canal, have given their name at a piece of millenary worn by many men at various summer functions and that their motto is “For the Benefit of the World”. This understanding has now been given one more fact, that […]

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The cyber security market, that is predicated to grow from $75 billion (US) today to $170 billion (US) by 2020 has a bit of a gender issue. Currently only 11% of the worlds workforce in this market are women. A wonderfully researched piece on the website of Forbes magazine this week identified that there are one million cybersecurity job openings […]

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Oh dear, don’t you just hate it? April 1st is almost upon us, so that gives individuals, businesses and the media carte blanche authority to do their best to trick us into thinking something is true when it isn’t. There is a long list of ‘famous’ April fools, from spaghetti growing on trees through to the introduction of ‘smellyvision’. In […]

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Well Easter is upon us and alongside all the chocolaty treats many of you will be planning to head off to sunnier climes for the duration of the break. You can leave all your worries at home, forget about the lawns, ignore all your emails, but can you actually forget about cyber security? The government of Canada is recommending that […]

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I was very fortunate to attend last weeks North West Cyber Security Conference. Events like these, and there are more and more of them cropping up, are always a good opportunity to get a feel for the cyber landscape. With a wide range of cyber professionals, technology companies, support organisations, training companies and more it’s almost impossible not to be […]

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There is no doubt about it technology has in some ways made us lazy. It has taken away some of the more mundane tasks in order to make our lives convenient. It dawned on me quite a while ago that I no longer know phone numbers, even of close friends and family. Admit it, you are the same. In the […]

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Within your IT department, assuming you have one, somebody has access to everything. All the emails. All the financial systems. All the document stores. All the contracts. All the suppliers details. All the HR records. All the passwords. Do you know who that is? And do you know exactly what access they have? And when did they last use that […]

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So the week is done; it’s been yet another challenging one in your office. The usual blend of meetings, deadlines and office banter has got you through helpfully aided by coffee ,and although you really shouldn’t, an occasional chocolate digestive. You crawl though the traffic, in fact you can’t remember when you had a clear route room. Have dinner with […]

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At last count there were 117 separate apps on my iPhone. I’m actually a little surprised by this, only because if you asked me to name them I think I’d struggle to get to more than 25. Apps, as we know, are a big business, both for Apple and Google. Millions of us now carry around literally hundreds of apps […]

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I didn’t mean to do it, I really wasn’t that interested, but the two professional looking types at the adjacent table to me in the coffee shop just couldn’t keep their business conversation to themselves. Even though I had my white Apple earbuds plugged in and to those around me would appear to have little interest in what was going […]

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You think you have cyber security problems now, with ‘nothing’ more to worry about then a fleet of laptops, desktops, smart phones, some servers and a light dusting of cloud services. Well to quote Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”. Heading your way at an accelerated rate of knots is the Internet Of Things (IoT). Already there are IoT […]

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Well done, you’ve done it. You have made security a priority in the product and services you provide. You have continuously reinforced to your customers that you will uphold and not compromise their privacy. They can trust you. Then the FBI knocks on your door and asks in the strongest possible terms if you would be willing to break your […]

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With the educational establishments spitting out their pupils for a half term break this week cinemas are being packed out to see the latest comic book hero come to life. Cyber it seems has taken a bit of a comic book turn this week. No more words need to be written about the tragically comic comments coming from the US […]

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So it’s happened. You really had hoped that it wouldn’t, but hope has let you down and you have run out of luck. A cyber breach has occurred, data has gone, you are not sure how, when or by whom. Your mind now starts to wonder if this was an attack, or perhaps a disgruntled employee? – after all you […]

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A cyber related story that seems to keep coming back is the one that states that the answer to shortfalls in current technology is to add more technology to it. On the face of it that sounds counter intuitive but if it’s the ‘right’ technology then perhaps it has merit. Cyber only becomes serious in an organisation once a breach […]

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By the end of the year will the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland still be a member of the European Union? David Cameron has been performing a charm offensive, coupled with good old fashioned diplomacy and negotiation in order to develop a refreshed relationship with our continental cousins. Will it work? Will there be a referendum in […]

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We have all heard the phrase, ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ – right? For cyber security professionals that silver lining is actually cold hard cash. Due the continued rise in cyber crime, those with the necessary skills and experience needed to thwart it are becoming a sought after commodity leading to their salaries rising by an average of 14%. […]

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Being brought up in a rural community in on the Worcestershire / Gloucestershire border, life had a less frantic pace than the images of life and business that permeated into our living room from the TV. It was quiet, it was peaceful. To live here you had to learn something. You had to learn how to be patient. The benefit […]

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It’s always fun to be present at the birth of a new superlative : ‘Megabreach’ dropped into my life this week as a new term for the huge data breaches that came to prominence in 2015 and will continue into 2016. MIT Technology Review coined the phrase as they tried to make sense of what can be done to stem […]

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Irrespective of how hard you may personally resist it, evolution keeps on – well, evolving! Call it innovation, research and development or just the desire to make things better, evolution in all aspects of technology is happening right now. Security continues to evolve. Take the security of your car for example. My first little car had a key, that you […]

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Cloud Computing has become popular in recent years, as Cloud Providers have been keen to promote the cost benefits and how simple it is to store date in a Cloud for example, Apples ICloud, Cloud is  not a straightforward solution and brings a whole set of issues that users need to considered. Cloud solutions have the capabilities to changing the […]

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We have all known for a while that the mainstream news agenda leans heavily towards the negative. Bad news sells papers. Tragedy, trauma, suffering they all grab the attention. When reading about cyber security day in day out the vast majority of stories are negative. This week, Asda has been outed at having shortfalls on its website that under certain […]