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The latest collection of expert opinions, news analysis and featured contributions from the IT security community

Incident Response

By Zeki Turedi, Technology Strategist, EMEA at CrowdStrike Organisations attempting to protect their data currently face an unprecedented threat level. The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2019 ranked data theft and cyber attack as two of the top five global risks in terms of likelihood. Even the largest and best-equipped of international organisations have shown they’re susceptible to attack from persistent, skilled adversaries.  Much like insuring your home against flooding (more information here), you need to protect your...

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By Karl Lankford, Director of Solutions Engineering, BeyondTrust

The world is an uncertain place, particularly for cybersecurity professionals – many of whom have learned the hard way that they can’t rest on their laurels. While new technologies and methods of attack are always emerging, threats are constantly attacking organisations from both outside and in. In an age where a cybersecurity incident is both imminent and expected, IT professionals need to know what to look out for and, crucially, how to best prepare for...

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School Cybersecurity Teaching

By Jonny Mackley, Copywriter For some schoolchildren today, technology has been in and around their lives for as long as they can remember. Approximately 9 out of 10 households have access to the internet, and many own their own smartphones. It is therefore imperative that they are equipped with the necessary knowledge to keep them safe when it comes to browsing the web both for leisure and for work. Local police are known to come...

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Try Hack Me Capture the Flag

Two young cyber security entrepreneurs are running their second HackBack virtual Capture the Flag (CTF) competition for teams from UK Universities. Ben Spring and Ashu Savani, who met as students during an internship at Context Information Security, developed the TryHackMe interactive platform to make it easier for students and other newcomers to learn cyber security skills. The HackBack2 event on 26 October (https://tryhackme.com/hackback2), which is exclusively sponsored by Context, already has 21 universities signed up. The teams of up to four people will access the TryHackMe platform remotely...

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Security Serious Awards Eskenzi

As Bayside Comprehensive School Head of Physics, I’ve been a teacher for eleven years and started training students as part of a programme in the school for CyberCenturion in 2014. It began with seven students from Bayside, and to date has had over 100 young learners participate from both comprehensive schools, between the ages of 13 - 18. During these five years, the club reached the CyberCenturion finals in 2015, won the competition in 2016...

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James Packer Security Serious Eskenzi

Our industry is one that is, at times, inherently pessimistic in its nature, because it has to be. We are professionals who dedicate ourselves to protecting against the worst case scenario, exploring how bad things could be and explaining the depths of the abyss so as to justify not diving in to it. This constant focus on things going wrong however can lead to a subconsciously negative outlook resulting in conscious connotations that serve no...

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Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards

The fourth annual Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards  winners were revealed last night in a fun and inspiring celebration at St Bart’s Brewery in London. The awards celebrate the people, not products, of the cyber security industry. From the best ethical hackers and cybersecurity’s rising stars to the best security awareness campaign and the coveted Godparent of security, the categories recognised individuals and teams working hard to protect Britain from cybercrime and raise awareness of security issues.     The free event was...

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Travel Tips to Keep You Safe from Cybercrime, Fraud & Identity Theft

Thalia Landman, Gurucul You might be on your travels, but malicious hackers and cybercriminals are not. They’re always looking to take advantage and often target travellers lacking in cyber-awareness. Through strategic hacking and careful planning, they can easily access a traveller’s personal devices and steal sensitive information like credit card numbers and private data. So how do you mitigate your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft, fraud, and/or cybercrime on vacation? You can start...

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UK local authorities fending off 800 cyber-attacks an hour

Councils report being hit by more than 263 million cyber-attacks in the first half of 2019, averaging 800 attacks per hour Average successful cyber-attack on a council results in costs of £430,000 Just 13% of councils hold a standalone cyber insurance policy meaning that the vast majority of UK authorities are underprepared for the financial deficit caused by a cyber-attack, which could set them back millions of pounds Councils across the UK are facing unprecedented...

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Counting the Cost of Silent Cyber

By Akber Datoo, Founder and Managing Director, D2 Legal Technology Damaged reputation. Financial loss. Punitive capital adequacy provision. Silent cyber is one of the biggest issues facing the insurance industry. Yet despite the Prudential Regulatory Authority’s (PRA) demands for robust action plans, few firms have put in place the document digitisation required to truly understand the level of risk. Further, it is somewhat ironic that an industry that is predicated on pricing risk, is failing to...

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