UK Security

A Smart Lock Company Accidentally Bricked Its Own Locks With A Software Update

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Tech

Earlier this week hundreds of owners of a smart lock found themselves in the unusual position of being either locked in (or out) of their homes. The L...

Travel Advice For A First Time Flyer

Paige Hiley | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paige Hiley

I love traveling. In fact, I love flying. The flight before the holiday has so much anticipation that I would say it's the most exciting part of the trip. However, for some first-time travelers, the flight and preparation can be stressful.

Empire 2.0: Gunboat Diplomacy In The Gulf

Jonathan Edwards | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Edwards

My position is clear: a UK foreign policy harking back to the days of empire through the aggressive deployment of armed force ignores the realities of a globalised world bounded by international law and human rights, or the damage of successive budget cuts to the military. Furthering a foreign policy based on military power, alluded to through the UK's approach to the Gulf, offers only a dangerous and unsustainable future.

Northern Ireland Is Now At The Forefront Of Brexit

James Black | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics
James Black

As Brexit negotiations begin, then, many in Westminster and Brussels face an unexpected crash course in the unique concerns, tensions and peculiarities of Belfast politics. The new Northern Irish centre of gravity in British politics is yet another dimension that must be considered if these intricate, challenging talks are to be made a success.

Enough Is Enough: We Need Fresh Solutions To Stop Terrorism

Baroness Jones | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

Let's learn a few lessons from the mistakes of recent years. Let's value community policing and the police staff who do the vital backroom work. Let's focus the existing resources of our security services on chasing terrorists, rather than harassing environmental campaigners and Green politicians. Let us look at how our foreign policy connects with our domestic security.

'Why All The Questions? I'm Already A Loyal Customer'

John Abbott | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Tech
John Abbott

How many bags would you like? Do you have a loyalty card? Can you scan it? What payment method do you want to pay with? Are you over 18 or do you look under 25? Wow. And I only popped in for a packet of crisps and a newspaper for my train home... OK, and a bottle of red to go with dinner.

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.

Has Retail Security Technology Gone Too Far?

Sam Lewis-Hargreave | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Tech
Sam Lewis-Hargreave

But Amazon's latest foray into real world retail has not been greeted fondly by all. Activists and campaigners have raised concerns about the privacy implications of Amazon Go's security systems.

The Hidden Benefits Of Airline Bans On Electronics: A Psychologist's Perspective

Honey Langcaster-James | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Honey Langcaster-James

Then the psychologist in me started to think about this from a different perspective. If we can't take our laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras and other chunky electronic equipment into the cabin with us, what will do instead?

Affluent Londoners Among Most At Risk Of Burglary

Bryn Glover | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK
Bryn Glover

The risk of crime is always a factor for any person considering renting or buying a home; indeed, the risk of residential burglary is among the most pressing concerns for any potential tenant or homeowner. This is not just because burglaries can have a huge financial impact, but because they also cause a great deal of emotional distress.

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.

Traditional Security Is Dead - How Adaptive Security Is The Immune System Of The Modern Enterprise

Salvatore Sinno | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Tech
Salvatore Sinno

New challenges include the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Everything (IoE), the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) and the sudden proliferation of readily addressable end points

An Alternative To Fear?

Carine Bambara | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Carine Bambara

Fear is the main thing that has made towns, states or regions vote against welcoming people into their countries, perhaps because they look, act and think differently to them. The surprising thing is that many of these people have had little interaction with immigrants in their lifetime.

The Headlong IoT Gold Rush Is Undermining Security And Making Our Smart Homes Dumb

Yossi Atias | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Tech
Yossi Atias

But smart devices are also dumb. They can't fend off cyber-attacks, they won't alert us if somebody is probing our device from the Internet, and they won't raise a red flag if suspicious activity is detected on our network.

Mosques In The Firing Line - Thoughts Following Quebec Mosque Attack

Shaukat Warraich | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Shaukat Warraich

A horrific, abhorrent gun attack on the Quebec City Islamic Centre that took place late Sunday evening compounds the fear that exists within Muslim co...

2016 - The Year Of Progression

Carine Bambara | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Carine Bambara

Achieving a ban on nuclear weapon is not as hard as it sounds, as I've outlaid before; making nuclear weapons illegal would be the best start to this. This would make it illegal for any country to attain nuclear weapons by the buying, selling or transfer of them, with economic sanctions (or a harshening of sanctions) if a country goes against this.

These Could Be The World's Most Maddening (But Harmless) Computer Viruses

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Tech

There’s nothing quite like a holiday to get the creative juices flowing. Over at Reddit, a bunch of users have been pondering what would make a real...

Online Voting For Trade Union Ballots, Moving Beyond The Security Debate

Ian Brook | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Brook

Following this year's Trade Union Act, which included a requirement for a minimum 50% turnout on ballots for industrial action, the UK Government recently announced the start of an independent review into whether trade union members should have access to electronic voting alongside traditional paper-based methods.

Buying Light - The Support Services Sector Is About To Change Significantly

Guy Hewett | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Tech
Guy Hewett

Perhaps the key to securing investment for IoT lies in ensuring the Support Services sector knows how to sell it. The sector currently largely sells into operational management or procurement departments but an IoT sell needs to happen at a strategic level. The sector needs to build these relationships.

How To Protect Yourself From The Other Insider Threat

John Worrall | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Tech
John Worrall

Honest insiders also are targeted by malicious outsiders through using social engineering. E-mail phishing (and spear-phishing to target high-value individuals) is one of the most common types of social engineering, but examples range from simple phone calls to carefully crafted Web sites hosting malicious content.

How To Keep The Fraudsters At Bay

Gad Elkin | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Tech
Gad Elkin

In order to prevent online fraud, it is important for businesses to recognise where their infrastructure is most vulnerable, educate employees effectively and work with the right partners to keep up with an evolving cyber security landscape.

Principle vs Progress On Nuclear Weapons?

Carine Bambara | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK
Carine Bambara

I agree fully with Ban Ki Moon's message; there are many paths to disarmament but what we must all agree on is to do something, the world cannot afford another round of inaction. We need to work to eliminate all nuclear weapons and now is the time to do it; our very survival depends on it.

Digital Companions: Are Smartphones Replacing Our Loved Ones?

David Emm | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Tech
David Emm

You could be forgiven for thinking that we are not only reliant on our digital devices for quick communication, but that we also seek the same comfort and stability from our phone as we do from family and friends.

Mum Discovered Strangers Had Been Watching Her Twin Daughters' Bedroom Online

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents

A mum was horrified to discover strangers had been watching her children in their home - through a security camera in her twin daughters’ bedroom. T...

Build or Buy: Securing IoT Is Harder Than It Looks for Device Manufacturers

Dominique Guinard | Posted 06.08.2017 | UK Tech
Dominique Guinard

In Mr Robot, Elliott Alderson explicitly exploits 'easy' vulnerabilities: obvious passwords, open back doors, etc. As the world inevitably becomes more connected, risks will accompany benefits; the starting point for security must always be best-practice encryption and protocols. Just as in the 'real' world, there will be break-ins - but they become much less likely if you lock all your doors and windows.