UK Cybersecurity

Are Cyber Thieves And Snoopers Turning Your Smart Home Against You?

Peter Turner | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Tech
Peter Turner

As our homes become jam-packed with smarter devices in the years to come, they may help to makes our lives easier. At the same time, if they are not secured, they also can make the lives of cyber criminals easier by giving access to our whole network and all the devices on it. To be truly safe in our smart homes then we need to start applying the same security principles we already do with our mobile phones and computers.

Are Teens Tech-Savvy But Security-Poor?

Vince Warrington | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Tech
Vince Warrington

Teenagers might have all the latest apps and a better understanding of the online world in general than many adults, but the fact remains that they are not good at protecting their data, whether by failing to back up their important files and photos or through over-sharing of personal information

Bees, Bears, And BotNets

Mike Ahmadi | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Tech
Mike Ahmadi

I want to tell a story. Hang in there with me for a bit. Almost 2 years ago, I bought a home in Mariposa California, which sits in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and is the home county for the spectacular Yosemite National Park. I fell in love with the area on my first visit over a decade ago, and longed for my own place in the serene setting for years.

Employees Behaving Badly: The Everyday Insider Threat

Matt Middleton-Leal | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Tech
Matt Middleton-Leal

A lot of people are quite comfortable with this. However, a new survey we carried out found that over half (52%) of UK office workers would access sensitive company data if they knew they wouldn't get caught. In fact, far from being a moral issue, one in five (21%) cited a lack of technical skills as holding them back from attacking their employer.

Fast-Moving GoldenEye Ransomware Highlights Importance Of Eliminating Network Blind Spots

Duncan Hughes | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Tech
Duncan Hughes

A wave of ransomware swept across Europe at an incredibly rapid clip last Tuesday, grinding business to a halt at banks, airports, pharmaceutical companies, government offices, service providers, utilities and more, security researchers said.

Sobering Thoughts When a Connected Medical Device Is Connected to You

Jim Ivers | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Tech
Jim Ivers

Security is pervasive in our scenario--both physical security and protection from external attack as a connected device. The software must authenticate the operator of the device to ensure that it cannot be improperly used by an unauthorized person. Since the device is protected, the software must also be protected against attacks that allow for remote operation of the device or exfiltration of patient data.

E-Cigarettes Could Be A Hacker's Latest Weapon

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Tech

E-cigarettes could become the latest weapon for hackers after a security researcher has show just how dangerous they can be. Speaking to Sky News, Ros...

You Can't Put A Band-Aid On Smart Home Security

Yossi Atias | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Tech
Yossi Atias

That's when it hit me: something must be done about the woeful lack of security and privacy we face while using all those connected devices in our homes. Putting a band-aid on every smart home device you own isn't an option. You can't plaster over the vulnerabilities and backdoors that exist in many of the smart connected devices we use at home.

We Should Learn From The NHS' Brush With Cyber Disaster

Dr Mils Hills | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Mils Hills

There are also wider lessons for any other business or organisation - given the dependency of all institutions on IT systems, the large numbers of users and devices that connect to those systems and the increasing requirement for 'always on' capability. This blog post will address five key observations that are aimed at stimulating planning and thinking.

You Can Choose Your Facebook Friends, But Not Your Digital Family

Rebecca Emerson | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Tech
Rebecca Emerson

How businesses adapt to serve you and your Digital Family will vary by sector. For example, banks will be looking to cut operating costs by moving their customers to self-serve online or via apps, so it is in their best interest to reassure you about cyber security if you're an Anxious Anderson and they will make it easy for the Analogue Alis.

Using Our Bodies As ID: Should We Be Worried?

David Emm | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Tech
David Emm

Biometric markers are ideal for use as identifiers because they are unique and unchanging over time. But that also makes them very vulnerable. If these identifiers are compromised, the potential consequences for victims in terms of loss of privacy and security are severe. If my password is compromised I can change it, but I'm stuck with my fingerprints, eyes and other physical characteristics.

Will Cyber-Attackers Hack The UK Election? I Don't Think So

Chris Pogue | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Tech
Chris Pogue

The UK General Election is now only a week away, and it arrives against the backdrop of media hype and coverage surrounding possible attempts by hackers to influence national elections (see: US, French elections).

Brits Say Mobile Apps Are As Important As Breathing, Eating And Drinking

Duncan Hughes | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Tech
Duncan Hughes

A10 Networks has revealed in new research that Britons are so addicted to and dependent upon their smartphones and applications that a quarter believe mobile apps are equally as important as a basic human resource such as eating, breathing and drinking.

We Need To Boost Our Digital Defences To Beat The Crooks

Ashok Vaswani | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Tech
Ashok Vaswani

The digital age has brought huge benefits to Britain, but new and different challenges too. Our ability as individuals to use digital technology - find and share information, do our shopping, pay our bills and communicate with one another - has grown more quickly than our knowledge of how to do all those things safely.

When The Biggest Hacker On The Block Is Your State

John A Clark | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Tech
John A Clark

Overall the rationale for maintaining a direct engagement capability seems overwhelming, whether states admit to it or not. We will doubtless see many more states build up significant capability and there remains the possibility of various pseudo-states doing so. Interesting times lie ahead.

'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.