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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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An Interview with 2016 Cloud Security Superhero Andrew Hardie

Security Serious

  At last year’s Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards, Andrew Hardie, Chair of the BCS DevSecOps Group, was awarded the title of Cloud Security Superhero. I chased him up to see what his overview thoughts on the event were and ask why is it important to support and encourage people to take part. What is the significance of the Unsung Heroes Awards ... Read More »

A ghost story – The haunting presence of an ex-employee

Alvaro Hoyos,
CISO at OneLogin

From recruiting the most talented employees, to ensuring accounts are in order and providing staff with the latest technological innovations, businesses across the globe work tirelessly every day to strive for success. Lurking behind every policy, best practice and guideline, however, is a world that often gets neglected. What happens when someone leaves the company? Of course, in an ideal ... Read More »

From zero-day exploits to rampant ‘ransomware’: how advanced targeted attacks evolved in Q2, 2017

The second quarter of 2017 saw sophisticated threat actors unleash a wealth of new and enhanced malicious tools, including three zero-day exploits and two unprecedented attacks: WannaCry and ExPetr. Expert analysis of the last two suggests the code may have escaped into the wild before it was fully ready, an unusual situation for well-resourced attackers. These and other trends are ... Read More »

Business Risk Profile: The Oil and Natural Gas Sector

Few threats expose the true interdependency of cyber and physical security more than those targeting the oil and natural gas (ONG) sector. After all, oil and natural gas together account for 53 percent of the world’s energy consumption and remain integral determinants of both global trade and the economy. Safeguarding these resources and the systems on which they rely is crucial, especially ... Read More »

NotBeingPetya: UK critical infrastructure firms face huge fines for lax security

The UK government has announced that businesses providing essential services like energy and transport could be fined as much as £17m or 4 per cent of global turnover for failing to have effective cyber security measures in place. The proposals from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport satisfy requirements under the EU Network and Information Systems (NIS) Directive, ... Read More »

More pseudo-ransomware attacks are probably on the way

In a new report examining cybersecurity trends for the quarter, it sounds like “ransomware” — emphasis on the air quotes — will remain very much in vogue through 2017. The last few months saw some major malware moments, most notably the WannaCry and NotPetya (a.k.a. ExPetr/Nyetya/Petya) attacks. Kaspersky Labs’ quarterly report suggests that the trend is likely here to stay ... Read More »

Disney Faces Lawsuit Over Apps That Allegedly Spy On Kids

A slew of Disney-branded mobile applications, including some Star Wars, Moana and Disney Princess apps, are allegedly spying on children across the United States. A class-action suit filed in California claims that The Walt Disney Co is commercially exploiting minors, including kids under the age of 13, by secretly tracking them using high-end behavioral analytics code. The apps use sophisticated ... Read More »

WannaCry hero malware trial postponed

The US court appearance of British WannaCry hero on charges of writing and distributing malware has been postponed. US authorities have postponed the court appearance of Briton Marcus Hutchins, who is under charges of helping to develop and maintain the password-stealing malware Kronos between July 2014 and July 2015. View Full Story  ORIGINAL SOURCE: Computer Weekly Read More »

Ukraine’s national postal service networks disrupted by two-day DDoS cyberattack

The computer networks of Ukrposhta, the national postal service in Ukraine, have reportedly been disrupted by a two-day distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) cyberattack. According to the Interfax news agency, the computer systems targeted by the unknown hackers are linked to the tracking of customer parcels. It is believed that the attack started on the morning of Monday 7 August and, despite a ... Read More »

Vodafone Joins prpl Foundation to Spur Open-Source Innovation in the Digital Home and Smart Gateways

The prpl Foundation, an open-source, community-driven consortium with a focus on enabling the security and interoperability of embedded devices for the smart society of the future, today announced Vodafone Group has joined the Foundation. As a leading multi-national telecommunications provider and Europe’s fastest-growing fixed broadband provider, Vodafone joins prpl with the intent to accelerate the harmonization of software platforms for ... Read More »