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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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Global Cybersecurity Confidence Falls to 70 Percent with a “C-” Overall Grade for 2017

Tenable Network Security®, Inc., a global leader transforming security technology for the business needs of tomorrow, released findings today from the 2017 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card, in which the world’s information security practitioners gave global cybersecurity readiness a “C-” average with an overall score of 70 percent. The 2017 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card solicited insights from 700 security practitioners in nine ... Read More »

Study reveals 48% of people will close accounts following a data breach

Research by cyber security company Positive Technologies, has uncovered the depth of impact on customer loyalty in the aftermath of a hacking incident. Almost half of the 1000 people questioned by Onepoll (48%) claimed they’d cancel accounts if a provider of theirs suffered a data breach.  In addition, 35% said they would actively avoid choosing a company that had been ... Read More »

FriendFinder Networks data breach demonstrates the need for passwords to be eliminated from the security puzzle

The news that more than 412 million accounts and user credentials were exposed following the breach of FriendFinder Networks should serve as a reminder to both organisations and individuals about the weaknesses of passwords. Gideon Wilkins, VP of Sales and Marketing at Secure Cloudlink, believes that due to the high incentive for cyber-criminals to steal this information, passwords as a form ... Read More »

Christmas will be a data-sale extravaganza

Intel Security reveals over a third of Brits are planning to gift an internet-connected device this Christmas, despite UK consumers already owning an average of four connected devices*. Smartphones and tablets come top of the list, with 42% planning to upgrade their friend’s and family’s gadgets to the latest models. Intel Security also found the top two most popular gifts ... Read More »

Cyber-attacks on the backbone of today’s economies

Panda Security’s anti-malware laboratory, has released a whitepaper with a timeline of the most notorious cyber-security attacks around the world on critical infrastructure, and recommendations on how to protect these infrastructures from attacks on the backbone of today’s economies. Malware and targeted attacks Today’s increasing trend towards interconnecting all types of infrastructure also increases potential points of entry for attacks ... Read More »

60 Percent of Enterprises were Victims of Social Engineering Attacks in 2016

 Agari, a leading cybersecurity company, today released the results of a commissioned survey, Email Security: Social Engineering Report, conducted by Information Security Media Group (ISMG) on behalf of Agari, which examined the impact of social engineering on organizations across a range of industrial sectors in the U.S. The results revealed that 60 percent of surveyed security leaders say their organizations ... Read More »

National Lottery data breach – Industry Reaction

Thousands of customer accounts on the National Lottery website may have been compromised. Camelot said it believes that “around 26,500 players’ accounts were accessed”, but fewer than 50 accounts have had activity take place since the hack. The National Lottery operator said it became aware of “suspicious activity” on a number of players’ online National Lottery Accounts on Monday. The Guru reached ... Read More »

78% of IT and computing businesses do not see Brexit as a threat

Leading commercial insurer RSA has today released a report, Future Impacts, which assesses the effects of economic events such as Brexit on business growth, as well as the risks that businesses face and how they are managing those risks. The research found that Brexit is not perceived as a risk by 78% of businesses in IT and computing, with 35% ... Read More »

2017 The Year of the Data Integrity Breach

Jason Hart, CTO Data Protection, Gemalto, is today predicting that data integrity breaches are set to send shockwaves throughout the world in 2017, with at least one ‘almighty’ breach disclosure of this type expected next year. Data integrity is a promise or assurance that information can be accessed or modified only by authorised users. Data integrity attacks compromise that promise, ... Read More »

Job-hopping trend heralds new era of personal data risk

Graduates are changing jobs more often than previous generations. It is estimated that by the time today’s millennials reach the age of 32, they will have changed jobs four times[1]. With this trend for job hopping comes an increase in the number of employment records that HR departments must retain, store securely and ultimately destroy within a legally determined timeframe. ... Read More »