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How Healthcare Organizations Can Protect Themselves Against IoT Ransomware

Healthcare delivery organizations are increasingly deploying medical devices, IoT, and other medical platforms to improve connectivity and support patient care. Weak cybersecurity evaluations, inappropriate network segmentation, and legacy devices expand the healthcare threat landscape. Exercising a sound cybersecurity strategy has to consider the nature of the healthcare profession where human life is a top priority. The rise of mobile healthcare The coronavirus pandemic introduced many stressful conditions for healthcare providers – treating an ever-increasing number...

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Return to base: the ultimate guide to preparing a COVID-19 exit strategy

While governments and public healthcare specialists are looking into the timing and manner of reopening the economy, it is clear that at some point in the hopefully not-too-distant future restrictions will be eased and businesses will return to normal operations. However, just as the shift to working from home required organisations to adapt and act differently, so will the return to the office. In this article, we discuss the preparation CISOs should consider making to...

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Musings on Data Privacy Day

As always, the phrase makes you think. Data privacy has a day, for people to focus on it and think about the betterment of privacy.  Should we call this something more relatable to people? Privacy is all about a person. Data doesn’t need privacy. People and what is important to every one of them needs privacy: their identity, their lives, and their information. That is the core, but what is happening around privacy today? This...

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As 2020 concluded, it was widely accepted that remote working was here to stay. In fact, 60% of the UK workforce have transferred to a remote model during the first lockdown, and the trend will likely continue long after the pandemic as workers come to expect more flexibility from their employers. However, while this may prompt office workers around the world to celebrate the death of the morning commute, there is a darker side to remote working. According...

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Effective ways to prevent payroll fraud

In recent times, there has been a huge increase in the number of fraudsters maliciously scamming businesses of all shapes and sizes – and even their crimes seem more sophisticated. Throughout the Coronavirus outbreak, as many migrated their businesses online, the increase in fraudulence and general cyber-crime become a large cause for concern, and payroll fraud wasn’t an exception. Payroll fraud is certainly costly and, on average, UK businesses lose a total of £12 billion...

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Just What Does It Take to Develop a Career in the Cybersecurity Domain?

This is a reminder I get every day when I interact with people from the cybersecurity fraternity, most of whom say that they landed a career in cybersecurity purely by chance.   I recently made a LinkedIn post asking people to share their stories about how they happened to become cybersecurity professionals. The responses that followed validated the same sentiment mentioned above—a career in cybersecurity is more of a chance than a choice. People study...

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Creating a culture of cybersecurity and tech innovation

Cloud native technologies have the potential to truly change the way we access and secure applications, but the success of this relies on the people and processes in place to handle the roll out of these technologies. This requires appropriate leadership, and decision makers within an organisation who demonstrate robust cloud security leadership are more likely to see this filter down throughout the business. The main priority for CISOs should then be to develop and...

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The Pragmatic Twenties

You may remember studying the 1920s in school through History, or reading The Great Gatsby. A time of prosperity, culture and celebration, it’s easy to see why we’ve come to dub that period The Roaring Twenties. In contrast, in light of our current global circumstance, it’s safe to say that the most recent twenties haven’t started roaring just yet. In fact, I believe our twenties will be quite the opposite. After we just finished our...

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A discount isn’t just for Christmas – why data can hold the key to relationships that go beyond the festive season

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated years of change in just eight months, particularly in the way companies across the globe conduct business. Specifically, it has driven an unprecedented number of people online, to shop and perform numerous transactions which they can no longer do in person - and companies and industries, including retail, have responded in turn. There is no doubt retail has been one of the sectors most disrupted by the pandemic. As the...

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The IT skills gap: flexible resourcing is the solution

The pandemic’s effect on our relationship with technology is a profound one. Lockdown ushered in a sudden and wide-spread adoption of remote working, and the uncertainty brought with it a slew of opportunist cybercriminals. The result of this rapid rate of change highlighted that the UK’s already glaring tech skills gap has been stretched to the extreme. Currently, nine in 10 (88%) organisations admit they have a significant shortage of digital skills which is negatively...

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