UK Cybersecurity

'WannaCry' Ransomware Uses Encryption To Hold Files Hostage

Duncan Hughes | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Tech
Duncan Hughes

The devastation began Friday (12th May), when an estimated 57,000 computers were infected. But the fast-moving and apparently random malware continued to spread throughout the weekend, nearly quadrupling the number of infected systems, impacting all verticals including schools, hospitals, public services, auto makers and more.

Whatsapp Doc? NHS Failure To Update Cold War Era Tech Forcing Medics To Use Unsafe Apps To Help Save Lives

Dr Felix Jackson | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Felix Jackson

Saving lives through great communication is just as valid and important as saving lives through great surgery. This is a message that needs to be shouted from the rooftops - and from the mobile phones - of everyone involved in healthcare.

Are Smarter Cities Making Us More Vulnerable To Cyber Crime?

Vince Warrington | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Tech
Vince Warrington

So I would guess that many of us are now aware of what ransomware is. Following the attack on Friday 12th May which spread to 150 countries and infected over 230,000 computers, it's clear that many organisations are still unprepared for cyber incidents, and it highlights the escalating challenges facing those of us who work to protect vital systems from ever more innovative types of cyber crime.

Three Things We Have Learnt From The WannaCry Cyber Attack

Dr Antonis Michalas | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Antonis Michalas

During the last few days, we have seen a new ransomware with code name WannaCry spread rapidly all over the world, infecting thousands of computers and causing crisis in a wide range of industries, with spotlight on the National Health Services (NHS) in England.

How Can Ransomware Attacks Like WannaCry Be Prevented?

Nick Morris | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Tech
Nick Morris

This is not said by way of criticism, but rather to acknowledge the challenge inherent within security innovation. Companies and governments can't afford to expose their digital security set-up, but must somehow find a way to embrace new innovations or the hackers will, inevitably, find a way through.

The Cybersecurity Industry Is Failing And It's A Race Against Time To Fix It

Monty Munford | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Tech
Monty Munford

So it's happened again, another cybersecurity uberhack and the world reels from the chaos it has unleashed. But it's not as if it we haven't been warned.

Cyber-Security Experts Fear the Progression Of 'WannaCry' Ransomware

Sufian Farrukh | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Tech
Sufian Farrukh

The malicious ransomware attacks that affected computers in at least 150 countries on Friday could spread further as employees return to work this week, according to several cyber-security experts.

The NHS Ransomware Cyber-Attack Was Preventable

The Conversation UK | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Tech
The Conversation UK

The question of how this could have happened will be one that will produce several damaging reports outlining poor training and infrastructure. It has been clear for years that various NHS trusts have been lagging behind with upgrading their systems.

This Is How A 22-Year-Old Managed To Stop The WannaCry Ransomware From Spreading

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Tech

Having attacked hundreds of computer systems including numerous NHS hospitals, the WannaCry ransomware was finally brought to a standstill. Rather tha...

Defending Yourself Against A Cyber-Attack - What You Need To Know

John Grimm | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Tech
John Grimm

These worrying statistics highlight just how vulnerable the business community remains to data breaches, even after an unprecedented period of public disclosures. Britain's businesses cannot continue to treat cyber security as a box-ticking exercise and risk falling foul of harmful attacks.

How Secure Is Your Car Cleaning Firm?

Alastair Paterson | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Tech
Alastair Paterson

In today's connected world securing your own network is simply not enough. Today your digital risk extends not only to your own servers, PCs and other devices in your offices and other locations; it also extends to your mobile workers and other staff working from home, customer sites and other remote locations. But the third, and often ignored, area of digital risk is your supply chain; companies that have access to your employee and customer information.

Don't Let Your Smart Home Become A Fool's Paradise

Yossi Atias | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Tech
Yossi Atias

As a security expert, what freaks me out most about this creepy turn of events is that we appear to be sleepwalking into a culture of surveillance, without exercising our right to personal choice about the level of privacy we want in our lives.

Why Are We Still So Poor At Backing Up Our Personal Data?

Vince Warrington | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Tech
Vince Warrington

Of most concern, however, is the fact that the highest timeframe score for UK adults backing up their laptops or computers was 'NEVER', at roughly 25 per cent. This was consistently the highest time frame score across all ages, gender and geographical locations, and showed that people do not realise how important it is to back up on a regular basis.

The Unknown Known - How Employee Behaviour Can Ensure Cybersecurity Success

William Culbert | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Tech
William Culbert

The average person today has become profoundly more technical, utilising a variety of devices, technologies and cloud solutions in their daily lives. Whether a person is backing up photos to iCloud or logging into social media from an iPad or smartphone, the average security perimeter of an individual has moved far beyond email address, laptops and a favourite website.

How To Prepare For A Cyber Attack

David Mytton | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Tech
David Mytton

There's no predicting when a cyber attack might come, whether it be in the form of a DDoS, a virus, malware, or phishing. It's therefore important to be constantly vigilant, and prepared for incidents when they do occur.

Stand And Deliver: Your Money Or Your Files!

David Emm | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Tech
David Emm

In the eighteenth century, travellers could be waylaid by a highwayman - a thief who held up coaches on the public highway and demanded that those on board hand over their money and other valuables. The highwayman would typically issue the challenge - 'Stand and deliver: your money or your life!

April Fools' - Don't Let The Joke Be On You When It Comes To Digital Security

Carmina Lees | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Tech
Carmina Lees

As we open up to new and exciting technology that changes the world around us, we will of course encounter new threats. Whenever you are digitally connected, and whatever the form of content you are consuming, don't be fooled or caught out by something that's trending that you wouldn't normally trust under other circumstances.

The Next Generation Cyber Technologies Being Used To Defend Businesses

Bryan Lillie | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Tech
Bryan Lillie

The upcoming CyberUK should act as the starting point for this, bringing all aspects of industry, tech developers, cyber experts and OEM's together under the umbrella of the new strategy, ensuring the UK creates a safe cyberspace for everyone.

Cyber Defenders Of The Future Must Be Given The Opportunity To Put Theory Into Practice

Dr Frank Stajano | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Frank Stajano

Cyber security competitions give pupils the opportunity to implement the skills and theory they have been taught at university in a realistic environment, while learning new ones in the process, which will help grow them in to the cyber defenders of the future.

When Imitation Is Not The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

Alastair Paterson | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Tech
Alastair Paterson

Malicious actors have a range of motivations, including geopolitical, ideological and espionage purposes. However, it is the financially-motivated cybercriminals we commonly see targeting the organizations we work with. These actors will go wherever the money is. Pure and simple.

Decoding The Minds Of Hackers

Chris Pogue | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Tech
Chris Pogue

Decoding the minds of hackers means we're developing the best solution to real life circumstances.

Why We Need To Make Smart Home Technology More Secure

Philip Woods | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Tech
Philip Woods

The government has already laid out specific security standards which need to be met as part of their plans to roll out smart meters in all homes by 2020. According to British Gas, their smart meters are protected by security techniques that are more complex than the ones used in online banking.

The Evolution Of Cyberspace

Bryan Lillie | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Tech
Bryan Lillie

When one compares cyber security today to what it was ten years ago, the two are almost unidentifiable as the same industry. The iPhone had only just launched; Facebook was still in it's infancy; the Internet of Things (IoT) was still a dream.

Just How Safe Are Our Mobile Apps?

Alastair Paterson | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Tech
Alastair Paterson

We live in a world dominated by smartphones and tablets, and by the applications that run on these mobile devices. These applications help us with everything, including expenses, mobile banking, the weather and access to your corporate and personal email

How To Ensure The Internet Is Your Family's Friend... Not An Enemy

David Emm | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Tech
David Emm

With online threats varying from personal data collected on devices to grooming on gaming platforms and trolling in social media forums, one in five children (21%) admit they worry that a stranger may bully them and 18% worry that a stranger might ask them to do something illegal.