Alastair Paterson

CEO & Co-Founder, Digital Shadows

Alastair has worked for over a decade advising secure government and FTSE 100 clients on large-scale data analytics for risk and intelligence. Before founding Digital Shadows in 2011, Alastair was International Propositions Manager at BAE Systems Detica working with clients in the Gulf, Europe and Australasia. He holds a first class MEng in Computer Science from the University of Bristol.
How Secure Is Your Car Cleaning

How Secure Is Your Car Cleaning Firm?

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.
24/04/2017 17:15 BST
When Imitation Is Not The Sincerest Form Of

When Imitation Is Not The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

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.
27/03/2017 16:07 BST
Just How Safe Are Our Mobile

Just How Safe Are Our Mobile Apps?

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
16/03/2017 15:03 GMT
Catch 'Em While They Are

Catch 'Em While They Are Young

We need more people to realize cybersecurity is an interesting and exciting career so we can have the skills and expertise for the future that we need to protect people, governments and organisations from the menace of professional cybercriminality.
15/02/2017 15:55 GMT
Time For Your New Year Cyber

Time For Your New Year Cyber Detox?

If I had been writing this blog even three years ago, it is probable I would have talked about needing to recognise the cyber risk and not bury our heads in the sand to the industrialised threat caused by professional cybercrime.
10/01/2017 15:07 GMT
2017 The Year

2017 The Year Of.....

In many ways, 2016 was very much the 'Year of the Ransomware Threat', and it is very hard to see that changing much next year. After all most cybercrime is driven by hard cash and the fact remains that most ransomware and extortion attacks are successful.
08/12/2016 14:25 GMT
Careful Surfing Required In The Digital

Careful Surfing Required In The Digital Age

The truth is that exposed credentials from adult dating sites hold particular value for cyber criminals given their potential to extort victims. Most subscribers to these services want to remain anonymous and don't want their employers or families to know. Users are likely to be prepared to pay large amounts of money to prevent their details being exposed online where others can see them.
23/11/2016 13:46 GMT
UK Government Gets Serious About

UK Government Gets Serious About Cybercrime

Clearly cyber attackers have their sights firmly set on everything we do online these days and that requires us, as citizens, business people and government representatives to take a different view of cybersecurity.
07/11/2016 16:07 GMT
The Cost Of Data Breaches Will Get Even

The Cost Of Data Breaches Will Get Even Higher

Clearly companies, both large and small, need to act now and start putting in place robust standards and procedures to counter the cyber security threat, or face the prospect of paying drastically increased costs in regulatory fines, as well as the reputational harm to their brand.
24/10/2016 14:12 BST
Why Are We So Bad With Our

Why Are We So Bad With Our Passwords?

Criminals have known for years that people are the weakest link in any organizations' defenses, and that by cracking one person's account, they can effectively crack the multi-million dollar software and hardware investments.
26/09/2016 10:04 BST
Smart Device Hacking Gets

Smart Device Hacking Gets Real

But news last week that car manufacturer Volkswagen has set up a special cybersecurity firm to protect smart connected vehicles from attack by hackers and other undesirables, would tend to suggest smart device security is getting "real" and is now part of business consciousness.
19/09/2016 12:03 BST
We've Got An App For

We've Got An App For That

Of course, just because an app asks for these sorts of permissions does not mean there is necessarily anything underhand going on, but it seems the more convenience driven we become with our technology, the more casual we become with our digital profiles.
30/08/2016 14:06 BST
Welcome To The Hotel

Welcome To The Hotel Malware

Our data is at risk and increasingly professional hackers target the connected devices we all rely on at home and in business, as they are often the weak spot in our cyber defenses extending our digital footprint even further into the web.
24/08/2016 13:10 BST