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Dean is Features Editor at IT Security Guru. Aside from cyber security and all things tech, Dean's interests include wine tasting, roller blading and playing the oboe in his Christian rock band, Noughts & Crosses.

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“Rubella Macro Builder” Crimeware Kit Emerges on Underground

By Flashpoint Analysts Vitali Kremez, Paul Burbage, & Amina Bashir A crimeware kit dubbed the Rubella Macro Builder has recently been gaining popularity among members of a top-tier Russian hacking forum. Despite being relatively new and unsophisticated, the kit has a clear appeal for cybercriminals: it’s cheap, fast, and can defeat basic static antivirus detection. First offered for sale in ... Read More »

Department for work and pensions spending nearly £15m on GDPR

The Department for Work and Pensions is set to spend £14.73million to prepare for the EU’s incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The spending will cover a programme of education and awareness activity for all staff, system remediation and a review of the existing records storage arrangements. The findings are contained in a new report from the Parliament Street think tank entitled GDPR: ... Read More »

Cybersecurity strategies neglected in wake of the boardroom’s quest for digital

A new report by Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work, Securing the Digital Future, reveals that, in the pursuit of digital transformation, organisations have overlooked one critical factor that could put all their transformation efforts – and even share prices- into jeopardy: cybersecurity. The research, which surveyed over 1,000 senior IT executives in 18 countries, found that only 9% ... Read More »

The cyber intelligence landscape is evolving

Kristofer Mansson, CEO,

Written by Kristofer Mansson, CEO, Silobreaker Driven by digital innovation, business operations have undergone a fundamental transformation over the past decade. And as businesses have moved forward, the fundamentals of cybersecurity have followed behind: What are the weak points in my security strategy? Who are the main threats to my operations? Where am I at risk of compromise? As the ... Read More »

What does a DDoS attack sound like?

Ever wondered what a DDoS attack sounds like? Well now is your chance to find out. In a new blog post, researchers from Imperva showcase of a recent project around the sonification of DDoS attacks. In the project, Imperva researchers turned web traffic into sound and transmitted the whole thing over internet radio, which to their surprise turned out to ... Read More »

Synopsys Survey Reveals Only Half of CI/CD Workflows Include Application Security Testing Elements

While many organisations are still in the early days of tearing down organisational silos to build DevOps teams and implementing continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) workflows, the benefits of streamlined, collaborative development approaches are clear: they enable organisations to bring more features and improvements to mar­ket faster. What is not so well understood is how application security is being ... Read More »

Cybersecurity – now a top boardroom priority

Martin Ewings,

By Martin Ewings, Director of Specialist Markets, Experis UK businesses are facing a series of regulatory demands, including the much talked about GDPR, which is now fewer than 65 days away. Compliance has become a key boardroom issue – with fines for GDPR breaches set at 4% of annual turnover or €20m, whichever is greater. But this also introduces new IT ... Read More »

Gartner Says Global Artificial Intelligence Business Value to Reach $1.2 Trillion in 2018

Global business value derived from artificial intelligence (AI) is projected to total $1.2 trillion in 2018, an increase of 70 per cent from 2017, according to Gartner, Inc. AI-derived business value is forecast to reach $3.9 trillion in 2022. The Gartner AI-derived business value forecast assesses the total business value of AI across all the organisation vertical sectors covered by ... Read More »

Only 7 per cent of businesses GDPR-compliant as deadline looms, data privacy gains prominence

In the wake of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica data misuse, public attention around the importance of data privacy has been heightened. Yet, with only a month until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline comes into effect, 93 per cent of respondents to a new survey from business analytics leader SAS say they are not yet fully GDPR compliant. Less than half ... Read More »

Government of Atlanta spent over $2 million on Ransomware recovery

Atlanta spent more than $2.6 million on recovery efforts stemming from a ransomware attack, which crippled a sizable part of the city’s online services. The city was hit by the notorious SamSam ransomware, which exploits a deserialization vulnerability in Java-based servers. The ransom was set at around $55,000 worth of bitcoin, a digital cryptocurrency that in recent weeks has wildy fluctated in price. ... Read More »