Opinions & Analysis

This week saw the announcement of the CBEST framework, designed to help the boards of financial firms, infrastructure providers and regulators to improve their understanding of the cyber attacks.   Backed by the Bank of England, Her Majesty’s Treasury and the Financial Conduct Authority, it will also focus on the extent to which the UK financial sector is vulnerable to attacks and how effective their detection and recovery processes are.   CBEST also puts in place...

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Former NSA director General Keith Alexander has moved into the security consultancy field with a $1 million a month price tag.   According to Bloomberg, Alexander was invited to give a talk to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, known as Sifma, shortly after leaving the NSA and starting his firm, IronNet Cybersecurity. Alexander offered to provide advice to Sifma for $1 million a month, according to two people briefed on the talks, and...

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Microsoft and Google have announced that they are to introduce a “killswitch” functionality to their smartphones, which will render them completely useless if they are stolen.   According to BBC news, the two companies have followed Samsung and Apple in offering the functionality and a hard kill switch would render a stolen device permanently unusable and is favoured by legislators who want to give stolen devices the "value of a paperweight", while a “soft" kill...

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While application security and payment data compliance are not commonly associated, there are more links than you would expect. Speaking at the OWASP AppSec conference in Cambridge, Geraint Williams, consultant and QSA said that when assessing PCI certification, he will be looking at the protection of cardholder data within web applications, but there are a series of common problems that he comes across and that can be removed. He said: “What I am looking for...

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Former NSA director General Keith Alexander has moved into the security consultancy field with a $1 million a month price tag.   According to Bloomberg, Alexander was invited to give a talk to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, known as Sifma, shortly after leaving the NSA and starting his firm, IronNet Cybersecurity. Alexander offered to provide advice to Sifma for $1 million a month, according to two people briefed on the talks, and...

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While application security and payment data compliance are not commonly associated, there are more links than you would expect. Speaking at the OWASP AppSec conference in Cambridge, Geraint Williams, consultant and QSA said that when assessing PCI certification, he will be looking at the protection of cardholder data within web applications, but there are a series of common problems that he comes across and that can be removed. He said: “What I am looking for...

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Microsoft and Google have announced that they are to introduce a “killswitch” functionality to their smartphones, which will render them completely useless if they are stolen.   According to BBC news, the two companies have followed Samsung and Apple in offering the functionality and a hard kill switch would render a stolen device permanently unusable and is favoured by legislators who want to give stolen devices the "value of a paperweight", while a “soft" kill...

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Yesterday saw the news breaking across the world that takeaway pizza chain Domino’s was being held to ransom by a hacker who had possession of 600,000 customer records.   In the story, the hacker “Rex Mundi” (who has since had his Twitter account suspended) wanted €30,000 (£23,000) or he would release the 600,000 customer details that included customers’ full names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passwords and delivery instructions, as well as each customer’s favourite...

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As an Internet populace we are increasingly being tracked, taken through covert redirects and are often at risk of serious fraud and abuse. And the situation only gets creepier as we put more of our lives online, and as corporations and governments get better tracking and analytics technologies. To be sure, most people are still happy to get “free stuff” and some are still relatively comfortable putting up with the ad infrastructure. We love to...

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This week saw the announcement of the CBEST framework, designed to help the boards of financial firms, infrastructure providers and regulators to improve their understanding of the cyber attacks.   Backed by the Bank of England, Her Majesty’s Treasury and the Financial Conduct Authority, it will also focus on the extent to which the UK financial sector is vulnerable to attacks and how effective their detection and recovery processes are.   CBEST also puts in place...

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