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Alex Mosher

It seemed like such a good idea at the time, but Masahiro Hara has regrets. He's the engineer responsible for the quick response (QR) code - that square block of pixels that now adorns everything from restaurant tables to subway posters. The problem? They're just not secure enough. "Now that it's used for payments, I feel a sense of responsibility to make it more secure," said Hara last year. Like many technologies, the QR code expanded beyond...

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Repeat victimisation: the threat of double extortion ransomware attacks

Ransomware has already proven itself to be a powerfully profitable weapon in the cybercriminal arsenal. According to Emsisoft, in 2019, ransomware incidents could have had a combined cost of more than $7.5 billion (£5.65 billion). That’s just for US-based incidents too. As cybersecurity professionals and the public at large have come to realise, cybercrime is now a huge business, with organised threat groups sharing resources and techniques to boost profitability. Despite ransomware’s stellar ROI, cybercriminal...

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The click of death: Why ecommerce must work extra hard to thwart attackers

What’s behind the simple click of a computer mouse for a shopping purchase on a web page? For most, it’s the last step of buying an item and is innocuous enough to do on autopilot. Just buy and forget about it until the item arrives at your front door. But what happens when that final step has something untoward going on in the background that could be hugely damaging to both the consumer and the...

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How can we keep our information off the dark web?

The pandemic has ushered in irreversible changes to our lifestyles – the way we shop, travel and work is considerably different to how things were at the beginning of the year. Part of this change has seen us spend more time online, and this has unfortunately made us all more susceptible to cybercriminals. The move to widespread home working blurred the lines between our personal and professional lives, meaning security has become intrinsic to our...

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Securing the workplace of the future

Across industries, IT teams have been working flat out throughout the Covid-19 crisis. From managing the rapid mass shift to remote working, to keeping virtual communications up and running, to fixing technical issues for disrupted supply chains, the role of the IT team has been fundamental to business continuity. Cyber attacks in particular have been a major cause for concern. Malicious email traffic increased from 12% to 60% in the six week period from the...

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Rob May, managing director, ramsac - insight promo

I recently had the honour of being shortlisted in the Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards, nominated in the Godfather or Godmother of Security category (someone who has been around the block and back and contributed greatly to the IT Security industry for more than 25 years). When things like this happen, it makes you pause and reflect on the fact that you have been doing something for more than quarter of a century and still love every...

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Alexander Lewis - Insight promo picture

Dramatic music fades in, there’s a man in a hoody in a poorly lit room sat in front of his desk, lines of green letters and numbers move horizontally across his laptop screen. ‘I’m In’ he says triumphantly, as he folds up his laptop and walks off stage left. Isn’t it time we took back control of the cyber narrative? The above scene is common place in film, cinema, adverts and more, and are usually...

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The changing role of the CISO in uncertain times

COVID-19 has dramatically altered the world of cybersecurity and gravened the threat poised to companies that are increasingly shifting assets online, beyond the safety of the firewall. In this new reality, where cyberattacks are constant and security barriers porous, the guarantee in keeping organisations safe now lies beyond simple prevention. The pandemic has proven a heady time for threat actors, as companies have had to quickly stand-up remote working infrastructure to support their distributed workforces....

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Preventing fraud during a global pandemic

Amongst the many challenges that Covid-19 has created and exacerbated within the business landscape, fraud has been one of the most widespread. Recent weeks have proved that scams don't diminish during a pandemic. In fact, during this time of crisis, many fraudsters have taken advantage, targeting individuals whilst they are at their most vulnerable and least protected, such as elderly citizens. The latest figures indicate that fraud attacks have increased by between 200% - 400%,...

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Why an increase in remote worker VPN use risks enterprise security

For many of us, our home has become our workplace over the past few months, and a full return to the office still appears a remote prospect. The COVID-19 pandemic has proved that employees from across different industries can work efficiently from home. A recent PwC Survey found that 84% of employees feel able to perform their role just as effectively when working remotely as they would in the office. PwC itself expects the majority...

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