Opinions & Analysis

GDPR – What Went Wrong?

By Spencer Young, RVP EMEA, Imperva A year ago, it seemed as if you couldn’t open a newspaper or business magazine without encountering the dread letters GDPR. So you’d expect businesses to have heeded the warnings, and implemented the systems and technologies they needed to avoid the swingeing fines applicable under the new regulations. Not a bit of it. In fact, in the first six weeks following the imposition of GDPR, data breaches rose by...

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Cyber Risk Management – Bringing Security Intelligence To The Board.

Written by Josh Lefkowitz, CEO of Flashpoint Data breaches are costly. According to a recent Ponemon Institute study, the average breach costs an organisation $3.86 million. A separate study found that, although the share price of breach-affected companies shows its sharpest drop 14 days after the breach is made public, there is still a discernible impact on the organisation’s stock valuation three years post-event. Business impacts at this level affect the fundamental financial performance and...

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Cybersecurity Is A Market For Lemons.

Written by Bernard Parsons, founder and CEO of Becrypt I recently attended CYBERUK which is the UK government's flagship cybersecurity event hosted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The event features world-class speakers, and opportunities for interaction between the public and private sectors. It was a fascinating couple of days, partly as Becrypt is working with government on projects featured at the event, but it was also a great opportunity for the Cyber Growth...

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Planning For Business Growth? 3 Reasons To Get Cyber Savvy.

Cyber-attacks are surging and small and medium sized enterprises are easy prey for hackers. Joe Collinwood, CEO at CySure outlines why being cyber aware is a business necessity for all organisations Small businesses in the UK are the target of an estimated 65,000 attempted cyber-attacks every day, according to new figures from specialist global insurer Hiscox. According to the insurer, cyber security incidents cost the average small business £25,700 in direct costs such as ransoms...

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Securing Crypto Assets On The Blockchain.

By Andre Stoorvogel, Director of Product Marketing, Rambus Payments The rapid expansion of the cryptocurrency ecosystem demonstrates the power of the blockchain to revolutionize financial services and beyond. Yet at the same time, the inherent volatility provides a cautionary tale. With blockchain implementations gaining traction, it is clear that a new approach is required to enhance the security and usability of crypto and digital assets. But how can this be achieved? A token gesture or...

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The Value Of Cyber Security Awareness.

By Vinaya Sheshadri, Principal Security Consultant for RiverSafe For businesses, a cyber-attack is not a matter of “if” but “when”. Every business is at risk of a cyber-attack. In 2018 alone, cyber-attacks on organisations cost the UK economy 10’s of billions of pounds, with 7 out of 10 companies falling victim to a cyber-attack or breach. According to the 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, more than 90% of cyber-attacks were traced back to human error....

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IoT And DDoS Attacks: A Match Made In Heaven.

Written by Adrian Taylor, Regional VP of Sales for A10 Networks By 2020, Gartner predicts the total number of IoT devices will reach 20.4 billion. At the same time, DDoS attacks are on the rise, with Cisco estimating that the number of DDoS attacks exceeding 1 gigabit of traffic per second will soar to 3.1 million by 2021. While correlation does not equal causation, in this case I believe that the two are connected. There...

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Things To Know Before Developing Intelligence Requirements.

Written by Mike Mimoso, Editorial Director, Flashpoint To state the obvious, proper intelligence requirements must be in place before data collection, analysis, and consumption of intel can happen. These requirements are critical because they enable an organisation to choose and prioritise its intelligence goals, determine what information it needs to collect and from what sources to achieve those goals, establish how it will process this information, and identify which dissemination methods are most appropriate for...

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How To Get In Shape For Today’s Security Challenges And Counter Ransomware Attack.

By Andreas Bechter, Global Technical Alliance Manager at Veritas Technologies Recently, I’ve been doing intensive exercise. Not to lose some pounds before the inevitable post-Christmas weight gain, but because I’m getting ready for an XLETIX obstacle course in Munich. It won’t be easy. I’ll need to run, climb, jump and crawl past miles of mud and obstacles. And I’ll need to be as fit as possible to make it to the end. In a way,...

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Data Breaches And High-Profile Security Hacks – An Evergreen Story.

By Richard Whomes, Senior Director, Rocket Software 2018 was a big year for data breaches, with organisations from Cathay Pacific to the Tory party suffering from attacks. But no organisation has hit the headlines quite as much as British Airways. The airline’s first breach occurred in September 2018, when an attack affected 380,000 transactions which had been made over a two-week period. Then came the announcement by BA’s owner, International Airlines Group (IAG), that an...

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