Week In Review

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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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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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“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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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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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 […]

Let’s start with a little IT history lesson. Why is a software patch called a patch? It’s because way back in the midst of time when data, or instructions, were stored on punched cards, if an error was found – meaning that there was a hole punched in the card in the wrong place – then it would be covered […]

There is no doubt about it, to many people cyber security is a challenge. There are many aspects to consider and as you do consider them a few more will reveal themselves. Of these potential cyber security challenges, which are the top ones being faced by businesses today? According to a senior threat researcher from IBM, who answered this question […]

I need to make a small confession to you, please don’t judge me. At one point in my life I used my programming skills to deface a publicly facing computer, a simple but effective case of what by todays standards could be classed as a cyber crime. I humbly ask for your forgiveness. In my defence I was only about […]

Just over a week ago the WannaCry ransomware made many in the NHS and the cyber security industry start to shed a tear or two. What is being now referred to as the largest sale ransomware attack, to date, has understandably obtain detailed press coverage and industry analysis across both the mainstream and IT business press. One story that very […]

It was bound to happen that the insurance market would move on from providing cyber liability insurance to businesses onto providing it to individuals. Fortune magazine posted a story highlighting the recent personal cyber security insurance plans, being offered by American International Group (AIG). They suggest that many individuals have been taking out identify theft protection for a few years, […]