Services abound for business continuity and disaster recovery in the cloud, but what's the right choice for your organisation? Alan Earls investigates the options.
Advanced persistent threats are a real and present danger to all organisations big and small, and only the foolhardy would dismiss them as another hyped security buzz phrase.
The role of the chief information security officer is expanding to meet new challenges, says Paul Swarbrick, former CISO at NATS, as Karen Epper Hoffman reports.
A UK college provides its 'digital natives' with a secure environment that can be accessed anywhere from any device, reports Greg Masters.
With so much of the national infrastructure, from utilities to the internet itself, a potential target of attack, the Government is forging partnerships with the private sector to help protect the services we all rely on. But, in the wake of Edward Snowden, defence is no longer just a question of what can be done, but also of what is acceptable. Asavin Wattanajantra reports.
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is approaching its third iteration - and with it comes another chance to make the global standard fairer, more relevant and fit for purpose. By Phil Muncaster.
Every business faces the possibility of external attacks, but the real threat could be buried within, in the form of the disgruntled employee, says Dan Raywood.
Recent high-profile password breaches have raised doubts about current security measures, and whether a password can ever really be secure. By Dan Raywood.
Self-encrypting hard drives seemed to be a no-brainer when they hit the market due to their efficacy, but adoption has been poor because trends, such as the cloud, justify reliance on software that protects data wherever it is. By Asavin Wattanajantra.
As the chief information security officer of publishing giant News International, as well as having a pivotal role at ISACA, Amar Singh has a lot on his plate. He tells Dan Raywood about his personal philosophy of managing security in a large organisation, and why he wants to see former soldiers join the industry.
SC Magazine's second survey this month, in association with Good Technology, reveals a healthy attitude to BYOD, reports Tim Baker.
Open source software fosters innovation and inclusion, but what about the security, asks Asavin Wattanajantra.
SC Magazine's latest survey asked the key questions on the skills and people shortage in the infosec industry. Here, we analyse the main findings from the online poll.
It's the problem that won't go away - so what is actually being done by the industry, government and academia to resolve the infosec skills crisis, asks Phil Muncaster.
Dr Eric Cole, founder and CEO of US security consultancy Secure Anchor, speaks exclusively to Dan Raywood about the key issues facing his clients - and why the security industry needs to put its words into practice.
In the current economic climate, computer networks are being relied upon more than ever by UK businesses. But how is this affecting our cyber security, and in turn, our profits?
More than 100 CISOs and security specialists are lining up to speak out at Infosecurity Europe 2013.
Despite the ubiquity of the Trusted Platform Module, hold-ups exist and adoption remains slow. Deb Radcliff reports.
The paradox of information security is that while the best products have necessarily complex functions, they must also be easy to use, writes Rob Buckley.
Brian Shorten, chairman of the Charities Security Forum, tells Dan Raywood about the third sector's unique information security plight - and how his network can help.
As we approach a year since the launch of PCI DSS 2.0, Dan Raywood speaks to organisations in various sectors to find out how they are dealing with the updated regulations.
Twelve months on from the publication of the European Commission's draft revision to data protection laws, claims of heavy-handedness and obsolescence have mounted - but the authority behind the bill remains defiant. Eric Doyle unpicks the issue.
What challenges can individual organisations, and the security industry at large, expect to face in the year ahead? With 2013 upon us, Phil Muncaster gathers the predictions and advice of infosec experts.
For obvious reasons, many people get jittery at the prospect of handing responsibility for their organisation's security to an outsider - and yet the benefits remain alluring. Kathryn Pick weighs up the pros and cons of using managed security service providers.
In the latest roundtable hosted by SC Magazine, in association with Websense, Andrew Kellett asks security professionals to pinpoint the likely trends for 2013.
The cloud, mobile device management and virtualisation are riding to the rescue of organisations faced with the inevitability of 'bring your own device'. By Rob Buckley.
With the US and Israel accused of sending Stuxnet to sabotage Iran's nuclear capability, and China and Russia implicated in cyber attacks on the West - as well as censoring their own citizens - have we entered a new Cold War? Asavin Wattanajantra investigates.
Everything you need to know about our annual industry competition and how to enter.
Once again RSA Conference Europe has pulled it out of the bag with an impressive line-up of keynote speakers - including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales - and a schedule of tracks and sessions that reflect the industry's most pressing issues.
In the latest roundtable hosted by SC Magazine, this time in association with Websense, Andrew Kellett asks security professionals how data protection and BYOD can be reconciled.
Kaspersky Lab's eponymous founder tells journalists in Moscow that the International Telecommunication Union is vital in fighting cyber crime. By Mark Mayne.
Employee demand is compelling organisations to make a decision on 'bring your own device' - but despite some big-name cheerleaders of the trend, there is a danger that others might rush in before weighing up the pros and cons, writes Jessica Twentyman.
The most worrying issue for the UK's C-level security professionals is fear of the unknown, Andrew Kellett discovered at a roundtable discussion hosted by SC Magazine in association with FireEye.
SC Magazine's latest survey, on the issue of securing data on the move, shows email in fine fettle and raises concerns about how confidential information is shared. We analyse the key findings from the poll.
Prepare for a host of new networking problems as devices never meant to be computers get hooked up to the system, reports Deb Radcliff.
Before moving assets to the cloud, CISOs must determine how much security they are willing to contract out, reports Stephen Lawton.
With the burden of compliance increasingly falling on the shoulders of information security professionals, Rob Buckley asks how they can navigate the maze of ever-changing and expanding legislation - and keep their employers out of the headlines.
With security becoming more critical in business environments, Jennifer Scott looks at who should take responsibility for the safekeeping of a company and how the two senior information roles must interact.
Despite devoting resources and making arrests, authorities seem little closer to stopping the new face of social protest, reports Jim Romeo.
With a court hearing now imminent for accused hacker Gary McKinnon's fight against extradition to the US, the debate about the fairness of the system is getting fierce. Derek Parkinson asks McKinnon's supporters, legal experts - and a member of 'the NatWest Three' - why they want the Extradition Act to be overhauled.
Consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers has released the first-ever report on merger and acquisition activity in the cyber security industry. Paul Fisher talks to the report's author and analyses some of its key findings.
Information isn't just leaking, it's being broadcast over Web 2.0 media by a workforce prone to over-sharing. Deb Radcliff reports on the challenge organisations face in keeping sensitive data within their control.
Despite an EU directive and growing public concern about how big business uses our personal data, the companies that track online behaviour - and their advertiser clients - seem confident that the culture of 'implied consent' will prevail, writes Jennifer Scott.
The increasing trend of 'bring your own devices' to work will become the norm for businesses imminently, completely changing the face of information security.
Mobile malware, often distributed through applications, is increasing in scope and sophistication. Are you ready, asks Dan Kaplan.
Big companies are controversially rewarding the research community to find code flaws. By Angela Moscaritolo.
Fred Piper and Malcolm Marshall discuss risk mitigation and coming developments that may make your current methodology largely ineffective.
Opinion is divided as to the merits of the joint technology from McAfee and its parent, Intel. Rob Buckley speaks to McAfee's EMEA CTO, and asks others in the industry for their views.
This month's SC Survey reveals that an alarmingly high proportion of information security professionals lack the tools and systems needed to alert upper management to the risk of attack and potential damage.
In 1969, Management Today printed an exposé of business managers' naïve approach to information security. Here, we reprint the article, showing little has changed in 42 years.
The 'originator' of matrix-pattern authentication in the UK and Europe and founder of pin+ tells SC Magazine about his vision of one-time codes for all and why the future of personal authentication definitely won't include hardware - and possibly not even phones.
When he flew to Moscow, Paul Fisher wanted to talk to Eugene Kaspersky about pressing industry issues like the consumerisation of IT - but the enigmatic CEO had other fish to fry, such as cracking Japan (with the help of a girl band) and Intel's useful acquisition of a rival.
As ever, technology is being blamed for all of society's ills. A look at the facts behind the stories exposes some flaws.
SC Editor Paul Fisher went to Moscow to interview CEO and founder of Kaspersky Lab, Eugene Kaspersky.
Nobody likes having someone looking over their shoulder and telling them how it's done, but this is the reality for CISOs in a tough regulatory environment. By Rob Buckley.
Security giants continue to plug gaps in their offerings by acquiring smaller players. But is innovation being stifled? Hannah Prevett investigates.
The latest SC survey looked at approaches and attitudes to data management and storage. Concerns surrounding cloud and access policies came under particular scrutiny.
The chief technology officer and founder of access management start-up GrIDsure, which offers a shape-based alternative to traditional passwords, reveals how he got the idea off the ground - and where he thinks his peers are going wrong. By Paul Fisher.
Big advances mean that quantum encryption may soon be ready to safeguard the most valuable assets of government and industry. John Edwards explains the science.
Despite the worries that persist around the outsourcing of security generally, more and more organisations - from city councils to small businesses - are finding that the pros of managed security services far outweigh the potential cons, writes Hannah Prevett.
In our latest survey, we looked at information security professionals' attitude to compliance. As ever, the results provide food for thought.
Everyone is talking about security information and event management (SIEM), which gives organisations a unique vision of the threats they encounter. By David Waller.
Whether companies are actively encouraging their employees to work on the move, or staff are simply using personal mobile devices of their own accord, security professionals face a major new headache in protecting their organisations from threats, writes Rob Buckley.
There is a growing need for email archiving, but our survey, in association with Symantec.cloud, reveals a neglectful attitude of 'out of sight, out of mind'.
Coverity's technical director doesn't believe in surprises. The company has a triage process for resolving defects, in timely fashion, to help develop secure applications. It has clients across the globe, including financial giants such as Barclays. By Paul Fisher.
In an increasingly complex security world, virtualisation promises much - if you build in security from the get-go, says Rob Buckley.
The WikiLeaks publication of confidential US dimplomatic cables is still causing ructions, but is it more embarrassing than dangerous? Derek Parkinson looks at the security lessons for the rest of us.
The CEO of the newly formed HP Information Security is out to shake up the business of data security and now has the resources to do it. He outlines his plans to Paul Fisher.
For the first time, cyber threats are on the fast track to the Prime Minister's in-tray. And with £650 million available, the Government is putting its money where its mouth is, says Derek Parkinson.
CISSP security architect Mushegh Hakhinian leads the application security practice at secure information exchange service IntraLinks. Financial security has been his driving idea for the past 16 years, he tells Paul Fisher.
The survey reveals worrying levels of technological confusion and cultural inertia in an area vital for the future of UK Plc.
Premier League clubs have unique IT challenge's - such as 36,000 fans trying to access the wireless network on a Saturday. Dan Raywood kicks a ball around with Tottenham Hotspur's IT boss, Philip Rose.
No organisation can prevent every possible incursion, so risk management is becoming the de facto way to protect an organisation's data. Rob Buckley takes you through the strategy and tactics of an approach used even in ancient Rome.
There are complex questions surrounding enterprise web browser management. Mario Finetti suggests some practical answers.
As director of the NHS Threat Assessment Centre, ESET's senior research fellow gained an understanding of the security demands of one of our greatest institutions. He's not sure current solutions are fit for purpose, he tells Dan Raywood.
The loss in 2007 by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs of 25 million people's details was a major warning to the public sector. Rob Buckley says that the private sector should also take heed.
Graduates starting out in any industry might find it difficult to get a job in the current economic climate, but for the graduates of information security, securing employment is almost impossible without them gaining the necessary work experience employers insist on.
The SC Most Influential is a new programme conducted in association with (ISC)2 to identify the most influential people in information security.
Controversial prof Frank Furedi ruffled some feathers at the third meeting of our exclusive club for industry leaders.
Our expert panel ponders the varying demands of data: preventing its loss, but not retaining it so long the ICO gets antsy.
Brighten up those autumn days by attending this important security event: learn at sessions and the trade show, network with your peers.
The quarterly lecky bill is on its way out - the smart grid will give the customer instant feedback - but is smart also secure? The debate is heating up, says Hannah Prevett.
The president of RSA is known for his controversial views on the industry. He may ruffle feathers, but is worth listening to, says Paul Fisher.
Increasingly in demand in business, digital forensics has come of age at last. Mark Mayne wields the magnifying glass.
Our exclusive SC/Symantec Hosted Services survey of IT staff attitudes to online threats turned up some interesting results - there was often a disconnect between perception of threat and the reality.
Estimates of the cost of cyber crime go up to $1trn. Whatever the truth, the internet is quite murky - and getting worse, says Dave Waller.
Appointed director of security services at Yorkshire-based services provider, Boxing Orange, earlier this year, Martin Dipper spoke to Paul Fisher about how the market for security services is changing, along with the threat landscape.
Ten years ago Hugh Njemanze felt that security professionals were missing accurate tools to monitor network activity.
Altabef talks about Dell's plans for integrated secure services.
Our Think Tank experts tackle the challenge of implementing virtualisation in a rapidly changing world
SC Magazine took the temperature of the security industry last year, revealing some startling facts. Blue Cube returns to see how the patient is faring.
By 2013, cloud services will be dominant, especially in SMEs. Best to start preparing for the future, says Andrew Donoghue
Whether it is one big Sarbanes-style law, or by many tiny amendments, compliance is here to stay. Don't let it faze you, says Rob Buckley.
OASIS Web Services Security - SOAP message security defines a standard way to attach security tokens to SOAP messages. In a multi-layered application, which digital identity should authenticate with the web service provider? Mario Guido Finetti guides you through the maze.
Implementing information security in a business is hard, with hidden questions and unexpected costs, say Steve Marsh and Fred Piper.
After two decades running his own business, he saw it taken over by HID Global, eventually becoming HID's senior vice president and chief technology officer. Paul Fisher met him.
One of the main differentiators for companies with the best outcomes in IT security is having a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), according to Symantec's Jim Hurley.
Security risk or marketing win? A number of industry gurus gave their opinions on the dilemma of giving employees access to social media in the recent SC roundtable.
Data leakage prevention (DLP) is beginning to appeal to many, but even the best products need careful deployment, says Rob Buckley.
Vendors shout woe loud and often - they want you to buy their product. But it's not all without foundation, says Dave Waller.