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Tony Morbin, editor-in-chief
Tony Morbin, editor-in-chief

If you are reading this on the first day of InfoSec, enjoy our SC Awards dinner tonight when the winners are announced. For everyone else, check out the winners and highly commended online at scmagazineuk.com as the high standard of entries makes this year's successes especially praiseworthy. 

It's just as well that the industry is upping its game. In this issue, we look at cyber-espionage, among the biggest buzzwords in the industry right now. We know it goes on, partly through the leaks from Edward Snowden, but also because everyone engaged in real-world espionage is involved online. 

Some claim all warfare is moving online. The US government is tripling its cyber warriors to 6,000 by the end of 2016, and both North and South Korea are spending heavily in this area. For all this, deniability remains a key attribute, so finger-pointing is difficult. 

In reality, cyber espionage is just another weapon and given its propensity to hit civilians, it's right that the Pentagon and its Chinese counterparts are working on “norms of behaviour.” Can others sign up too?

According to Daniel Shugrue, we should learn from warfare that a concerted joint effort will be needed to overcome the online adversary.

Yet these same organisations are increasingly embracing the BYOD trend, which is often difficult to manage.

Elsewhere Simon Saunders advocates cyber insurance as the way to both mitigate the financial impacts of breaches, but also as a means of getting standardised independent information risk assessments.

Finally, with 27 percent of Microsoft XP users failing to upgrade, and several organisations buying extended support, it looks likely that individuals and small business users will continue to use the OS, despite warnings on the security risks.



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