Cyberattacks

Beware the All-Knowing App

Graham Welch | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

Do you ever check what permissions the apps you download to your smartphone or tablet require? Just why is it your torch app needs access to your contact lists and location? Or why your calendar needs to access your phone records?

Seven Everyday Cyber Threats to Look Out For

Graham Welch | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

High-profile cyberattacks against major corporations and governments may be the ones making the headlines these days but cybercriminals are also still exploiting those basic online scamming techniques they have been perfecting for years.

What Happens After a Cyberattack?

Graham Welch | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

Around this time last year a large online auction website went public to announce they had been breached and millions of customer records were compromised. They were not alone, 2014 was marked by high-profile cyberattacks to high street and online retailers. Immediately after the attack, most companies asked their customers to change their passwords, either as a security fix or as a precaution, but is it enough?

Mind the Cyber Gap

Graham Welch | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

In the bygone, romantic age of steam mechanical failure, a stray farm animal on the line or severe weather would have been enough to bring a train to a halt, but today there is much greater threat to the modern railway - cyber crime.

Criminals Shopping for Your Data

Graham Welch | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

Loss of trust, though, goes far beyond the cost of lost orders and visitors; many studies have concluded that businesses that suffer a significant data breach or hack experience record drops in innovation and staff numbers as a result.

People Remain the Weakest Link in Security

Graham Welch | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

The trouble is we, the computer users, can be made aware of the risks and some simple steps to prevent opening a malicious link. However, we can hardly be blamed as some of them are incredibly sophisticated and are very hard to spot as being fraudulent.

Is It Time for That Spring Cleaning?

Graham Welch | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

After this is all done, remediation should be performed to bring all systems up to date with the latest patches, but not before creating a change management process to help with versioning control and documentation.

Data, data, everywhere...

Graham Welch | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

While smart phones, tablets and laptops are becoming our 'go-to' devices, creating a boon in productivity, the move towards Bring Your Own Device is increasing security risk to the corporate network and corporate data.

Is 2015 the Year for the Threat-centric Network?

Graham Welch | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

As an old year comes to a close we often start to look for trends and predictions of what the New Year holds for us in business and especially those in cybersecurity who are increasingly at the forefront of defending the enterprise from the continual threat and reality of cybercrime.

Connectivity Everywhere

Graham Welch | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

Everyone knows that in today's world we have never been so connected. The Internet is a part of most of our lives at work and at play every day. Indeed ask most teenagers and they will consider the Internet as being almost as important as the air that they breathe!

100 Mr Big's Control Cybercrime

Graham Welch | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

While I wouldn't want to speculate on if this number is correct or not, I do agree that such is the industrialisation of cybercrime today faced by businesses, governments and consumers, that relatively small numbers of common exploits and cybercrime tools are widely used by the professional gangs operating around the world.

Children, Computing and the Curriculum

David Emm | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

Online safety is a vital factor at every stage of our children's education. Children use the Internet differently at different ages. Just as the way maths is taught varies from key stage 1 to key stage 4, cyber-security must be approached in a way that will be most meaningful to the life of children at different ages.

Russian Group Hacking: What We Know and What We Can Learn

Gary Newe | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Tech
Gary Newe

A Russian group has hacked 1.2 billion usernames and passwords belonging to more than 500 million email addresses... Nowadays hackers actually get more value out of personal information as opposed to credit card details. In fact, one article even points out that Twitter account information is of more worth to a hacker than their credit card.

Heads in the Sand When It Comes to Small Business Security

David Emm | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

It may be surprising to many people to learn just how at risk from cybercriminal activity even the smallest of businesses can be - fraud, banking Trojans, ransomware and phishing attacks all target small as well as large businesses.

Sunscreen, Passport, Swimwear... Tablet

Graham Welch | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

As we head into July and the holiday season gets into full swing, the thoughts of many of us will turn towards our summer holidays and what we will do to rest and relax for our well earned breaks.

Is Trust the New Business Currency?

Graham Welch | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

Trust has become one of the world's most important commodities. Just ask the former CEO of a major American retailer, who resigned after a particularly large cyber attack or any other major organisation that has been hacked and customer data apparently lost.

Users Have 'Two Weeks' To Protect Against Virus That Is 'Literally Extorting People'

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Tech

UK residents will have 'two weeks' to protect themselves against a 'powerful computer attack' that ransoms people's data, according to the National Cr...

Is Anti-Virus Really Dead?

Graham Welch | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

Despite 'snake oil' claims from many security product vendors, there are no silver bullets and security is no longer simply a question of building up the walls around your business, you need to have threat visibility across your entire enterprise and deal directly with the issue quickly and efficiently. Only by deploying a solution to execute on the entire lifecycle of the threat can you ensure you are protected before, during and after the attack.

Is the War of Cybercrime Really Lost?

Graham Welch | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

Verizon said, having analysed 10 years' worth of data covering 100,000 security incidents, that 92 percent of attacks could be traced back to just nine threats - meaning firms have continued to fall for the same types of scams and attacks all this time repeatedly.

Security for the Internet of Things

Graham Welch | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

It is happening already and today you need to manage the whole attack continuum - before, during and after an attack. Only then can you hope to regain some of the initiative and ensure that damage to reputation and customer data is minimized, uncovered and remediated as quickly as possible.

iPhones Change the Business Landscape

Graham Welch | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

Seven years ago last week Steve Jobs stood up at Macworld, San Francisco, and announced the first iPhone in San Francisco and in doing so launched a revolution that is still having a monumental impact on the business and social world today.

Testing Times for UK Banks

Graham Welch | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

For years the cyber security industry has talked about the latest silver bullet that will protect against the latest threat. But the sad fact is despite millions of pounds being spent to protect institutions around the world, cyber attacks seemingly continue day after day.

Please Switch Off Your Electronic Devices.....

Graham Welch | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

why is it we seem to value physical over digital so much? We often act very much more recklessly in the digital world than the physical. After all how many of us have taken directions from a friend or colleague to visit a certain website without a second thought? Few people take the trouble to check the validity of the website we are visiting before we go there, or even know what to look for.

Life Ain't Easy for a Boy Named Kim

Nick Abbot | Posted 17.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Nick Abbot

The evil imperialist American dogs cut off North Korea's internet feed this week. Or it could have been someone at Kim Jong-un's place accidentally kicked the plug out of the wall that links them to their dial-up connection.

Java Exploits - Do You Need to Be Worried?

David Emm | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Tech
David Emm

The targeting of well-known and regularly used social networks such as Twitter and Facebook naturally make the headlines. But Java-based attacks are not solely aimed at large corporations - the issue of cybercrime can be much closer to home for all of us.