No inbox left behind: What security education lacks and how we might fix it

No inbox left behind: What security education lacks and how we might fix it

Itay Glick says that new spear-phishing scams suggest that this method of spreading malware will surely continue to grow

Biometrics or a password?

Biometrics or a password?

Tony Anscombe asks, which is more secure, the password or biometrics?

Ransomware: The great white shark of malware, and what you need to do about it

Ransomware: The great white shark of malware, and what you need to do about it

The threat of a cyber-attack is a concern for us all, but nothing strikes more fear than ransomware says Mark Kedgley.

Driving (cyber) security

Driving (cyber) security

Paco Hope asks if black boxes can make our cars and lives less safe instead of safer

Hunting the hackers: Why threat intelligence isn't enough

Hunting the hackers: Why threat intelligence isn't enough

James Parry explores why the enterprise needs to move beyond threat intelligence to proactively seek out emerging threats on social media and the dark web

After a decade, why can't we finally be rid of the Microsoft scam?

After a decade, why can't we finally be rid of the Microsoft scam?

Oren Kedem asks if we're using the right methods to teach victims about scams or are some other forces preventing the warning messages from being effective?

Is printing the biggest security threat for your business?

Is printing the biggest security threat for your business?

Wes Mulligan says organisations are on high alert when it comes to network security, yet they are overlooking the potential risks posed by the many printing devices that are connected directly to their network

Russia´s cyber-operations alter balance of power - tougher response called for

Russia´s cyber-operations alter balance of power - tougher response called for

Russia is alterering the balance of power with superior human resources in the cyber-realm and a strategy and will to used them offensively, including via proxies - and lack of western response encourages escalation says Jarno Limnéll.

What your business can learn from the Government's cyber-security policy

What your business can learn from the Government's cyber-security policy

Stuart Aston offers suggestions that an everyday business can learn from the Government and should consider when creating their own cyber-security protection framework

Empowering cyber-security providers

Empowering cyber-security providers

Cyber-security companies can cooperate to help facilitate and encourage standardisation of certifications and practices and even exercise their power at a global level to influence policy-making say Chris Southworth and Allen Dixon.

Making cyber-security due diligence an M&A priority

Making cyber-security due diligence an M&A priority

Shawn Henry explores the potential security pitfalls involved when companies make an acquisition, along with the steps that must be taken to mitigate these risks

People worry about robots taking over, but what are the bots doing already?

People worry about robots taking over, but what are the bots doing already?

Alistair Tooth talks about bots and what they are doing to your website - and says its time to take control.

IT security should start with questions not vendors...

IT security should start with questions not vendors...

Aidan Simister highlights basic questions to establish how much visibility organisations have around the most basic of security risks.

Tor at work - the privacy and security dilemma

Tor at work - the privacy and security dilemma

Thomas Fischer believes that the Investigatory Powers Bill will incentivise more citizens to use Tor to protect their online privacy. In turn, this could lead to more people using the Tor network at work, either for privacy reasons or to bypass the company firewall and browsing policies.

Restoring faith in the IT department

Restoring faith in the IT department

Rick Orloff highlights the importance of trust between IT and employees, and how to restore it in the wake of the current cyber-crime climate, including communicating that you understand user concerns..

Protecting yourself from the inside out

Protecting yourself from the inside out

Mav Turner shares top tips to help IT pros address the growing issue of insider threats within their business.

Hacking: The case for prevention rather than cure

Hacking: The case for prevention rather than cure

Amit Ashbel explains how source code is the one advantage vendors have over hackers and how testing code earlier in the development process can prevent many of the vulnerabilities that hackers exploit today

Ransomware has been labeled the biggest threat this year, but is it as dangerous as it's made out to be?

Ransomware has been labeled the biggest threat this year, but is it as dangerous as it's made out to be?

Steve Donald says ransomware is emerging as the major cyber-threat of 2016 but what can organisations do to protect themselves?

Cyber-security of the fridge: Assessing the Internet of Things threat

Cyber-security of the fridge: Assessing the Internet of Things threat

From nuclear power stations to cars, 'Things' are increasingly vulnerable to attack. Greater adoption of security best practices is needed says Mark Kedgley, who urges more building-in security to devices and how they use the internet.

Prioritising threat intelligence

Prioritising threat intelligence

Steven Rogers advises steps that will allow security teams to prioritise threats based on relevant threat intelligence.

Netflix's VPN ban may result in stronger security for VPN customers

Netflix's VPN ban may result in stronger security for VPN customers

Despite very vocal critics, Netflix will not give in to the demands of overseas VPN users that want access to the US catalogue of shows says Paul Bischoff.

The people problem: How to manage the human factor to shore up security

The people problem: How to manage the human factor to shore up security

Data security has never before featured so highly on the boardroom agenda, mostly thanks to a continued avalanche of major breach incidents says Tony Pepper.

Resilience in the mid-market: Improving incident response capabilities of mid-sized organisations

Resilience in the mid-market: Improving incident response capabilities of mid-sized organisations

In today's cyber-threat landscape, the importance of incident response (IR) as a critical priority is fast gaining traction among the security community says John Bruce.

IoT: Making the case for true interoperability

IoT: Making the case for true interoperability

Cesare Garlati says having a device rendered useless because of a shut down in cloud service highlights the need for open standards in IoT devices.

Healthcare phishing attacks - Is the NHS next and how can it prepare?

Healthcare phishing attacks - Is the NHS next and how can it prepare?

The healthcare sector is vulnerable to cyber-attack, keeping a lot of personal data that attackers are increasingly targetting, and the NHS needs to get its defences in place now says Stuart Robb.

Enterprises are facing rising mobile threats

Enterprises are facing rising mobile threats

Sean Ginevan outlines how attackers are changing their methods to attack the mobile enterprise, and what can be done to shut down vulnerabilities.

To pay or not to pay...

To pay or not to pay...

Andrew Tang explores the contentious issue of paying bug bounties when software flaws are discovered.

Post-breach forensics: Building the trail of evidence

Post-breach forensics: Building the trail of evidence

New approaches to user monitoring and behavioural analytics enable firms to analyse all user activity, allowing tracking and visualising of user activity in real-time to understand what is really happening on the network says Balázs Scheidler.

Security training — luck is all about practice

Security training — luck is all about practice

When it comes to cyber-security, almost half of organisations rely on luck to get them through a cyber-attacks says Bethany Mayer.

How to create an appetite for cyber-security risk management in the organisation

How to create an appetite for cyber-security risk management in the organisation

Poor risk appetite remains a problem for companies, yet cyber-security is one area that needs urgent attention says Stuart Reed.

EU business leaders must act now before new security law takes effect

EU business leaders must act now before new security law takes effect

Jason Hart explains why EU businesses need to evaluate their security practices now before the new law takes effect.

A synchronised approach to security

A synchronised approach to security

Without synchronised security, information system controls don't talk to each other, so can't work together to react to threats says John Shaw, advocating a more joined-up approach to security to defend against attacks.

Getting personal with cyber-security

Getting personal with cyber-security

Identity Access Management (IAM) tools don't just protect the perimeter, they protect the identities of everyone that logs on to the network, enabling users to benefit from productivity applications with less risk says Mark Hughes.

The ransomware epidemic shows firms are failing the security basics

The ransomware epidemic shows firms are failing the security basics

Its not just anti-malware, but a holistic security review including policies and processes that's needed to minimise the risk of ransomware says Raimund Genes - with basics such as data segmentation being ignored.

Is your data safe?

Is your data safe?

As technology advances it brings with it new and more efficient ways to live and work says Todd Partridge.

Training the Mastermind (board-game) generation

Training the Mastermind (board-game) generation

Mike Loginov and Viv MacDonald explore the importance of management awareness of cyber-security in an organisation

A successful move to a global cashless society requires a comprehensive information security strategy

A successful move to a global cashless society requires a comprehensive information security strategy

With electronic payments rapidly becoming the new way to transact, the idea of a cashless society is becoming a bigger reality, leading to demands for stronger authentication - without slowing transactions - says David Poole.

Meeting the new vulnerability disclosure challenge

Meeting the new vulnerability disclosure challenge

Michael Fimin considers the impact new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws will have on current vulnerability disclosure practices and recommends a number of best practices to help organisations measure up to the challenge.

The BYOD explosion: How much of a threat do personal devices really pose to your network?

The BYOD explosion: How much of a threat do personal devices really pose to your network?

How much of a risk is BYOD to network security? No more than company-issued hardware - provided businesses follow these four essential steps says Lee Painter.

The Snooper's Charter is a tricky subject, not least because of its double standards

The Snooper's Charter is a tricky subject, not least because of its double standards

Brian Chappell looks at why the backdoors of the Snooper's Charter are so repugnant to tech firms and how it can't be reconciled with the government's own directive to businesses to protect people's personal data.

Bracing your browser: how to keep the fraudsters at bay

Bracing your browser: how to keep the fraudsters at bay

Whether through loss of financial assets or damage to an organisation's brand, online fraud is becoming more of a problem and has the capacity to significantly and negatively impact a business, says Gad Elkin.

Ensure that your employment contracts are fit for purpose for cyber-security

Ensure that your employment contracts are fit for purpose for cyber-security

Katherine Maxwell says most organisations don't include cyber/data negligence within their employment contracts, and it is often not given the same respect as other employment issues.

Have retailers secured themselves against the Insider threat before you head to the checkout?

Have retailers secured themselves against the Insider threat before you head to the checkout?

The entire company must be aware of security risks, and their role, with safeguards in place to make it harder for mistakes to happen, as well as training to raise awareness of the consequences of a leak says Jens Puhle.

Four Tips to kick-start your web application security effort

Four Tips to kick-start your web application security effort

Ian Muscat offers four crucial tips on securing web applications - with the general theme of being prepared.

How will the new EU-US privacy shield fit with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation?

How will the new EU-US privacy shield fit with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation?

Tracey Stretton and Lauren Grest look at the EU-US Privacy Shield and the consequences of the Schrems judgement for international data transfers and how it (or any successor) fits into the EU GDPR.

Leading the fight against loyalty fraud

Leading the fight against loyalty fraud

Loyalty points have value. And when something has value, criminals will want to get their hands on it. So retailers and consumers have to work to keep these loyalty programmes safe according to Don Bush.

Last Word: GDPR could help Europe take the lead for breach notification

Last Word: GDPR could help Europe take the lead for breach notification

Companies operating in Europe have until 2018 to comply with compulsory breach notification under the EU GDPR or face heavy fines, but Gant Redmon says this could be a good thing for the industry and provide a global legislative model

Identity management in the post-Persona world

Identity management in the post-Persona world

The impending demise of Mozilla's identity management system, Persona, doesn't thange the fact that a sound blend of password management and unified authentication is the future of identity management says V Balasubramanian.

Three reasons to consider Managed Security Services

Three reasons to consider Managed Security Services

Jeff Finch offers reasons for organisations to take advantage of Managed Security Services (MSS).

Biometrics deployed with a fallback password: statistics on false sense of security

Biometrics deployed with a fallback password: statistics on false sense of security

Hitoshi Kokumai provides follow-up statistical data regarding "False sense of security" confirming eroneous perceptions exist regarding identity verification when two factors are used but not not linked.

Governments, criminals and personal privacy - the question of encryption

Governments, criminals and personal privacy - the question of encryption

Two recent events have highlighted the issue of whether service providers should be forced to find a way to give government agencies access to encrypted, private communications says Richard Anstey.

Cyber-security - Kryptonite for lawyers

Cyber-security - Kryptonite for lawyers

Analysis of the website of Mossack Fonseca, of Panama Papers 'fame', reveals glaring security weaknesses. The firm is not the only one to have been targeted by cyber-attacks. Emily Taylor suggests law firms are easy targets.

The vulnerability of remote working for financial institutions

The vulnerability of remote working for financial institutions

Claus Rosendal says financial services are a hot target for cyber-criminals, and observes that they may consistently gain access via remote workers.

C-level cyber-awareness: the disconnect

C-level cyber-awareness: the disconnect

Bridging the gap between executive awareness and enterprise security requires teams to provide greater visibility into programme performance and regularly communicate about emerging threats says Matt Middleton-Leal

Disaster recovery confidence crisis is wholly avoidable

Disaster recovery confidence crisis is wholly avoidable

A lack of rigorous disaster recovery testing by UK organisations is leaving a large chunk of plans unfit for purpose says Peter Groucutt.

How the GDPR could help Europe take the lead for breach notification

How the GDPR could help Europe take the lead for breach notification

Companies operating in Europe have until 2018 to comply with compulsory breach notification under the EU GDPR or face heavy fines, but Gant Redmon says this could be a good thing and provide a legislative model.

Why companies using SCADA systems need to wake up to the increased threat of cyber-attacks

Why companies using SCADA systems need to wake up to the increased threat of cyber-attacks

Ukraine's power supply suffered one of the most high profile targeted cyber-attacks on infrastructure ever- but the route - via phishing - is one of the oldest, emphaising the need for increased staff awareness says Mark Logsdon.

The Apple hack: A problem specifically engineered to protect us

The Apple hack: A problem specifically engineered to protect us

The FBI got around ordering Apple to cooperate in breaking its own security, but when the next case arises, and it will, should the company refuse to help, the outcome will have far reaching implications says Chris Peel.

Organisation: Know thy employees to detect and mitigate security risks

Organisation: Know thy employees to detect and mitigate security risks

Cyber-security threats are continuing to increase around the globe, including at small and large organisations in the United Kingdom says Mat Ludlam.

Privacy by design: Ensuring GDPR achieves its security goals

Privacy by design: Ensuring GDPR achieves its security goals

Compliance is sometimes described as a box-ticking exercise. Bruce Jubb explains why the GDPR must be more than that.

What's your approach to cyber-security?

What's your approach to cyber-security?

Richard Beck takes a look at how UK businesses plan to tackle cyber-threats to corporate security over the coming year.

The end of password expiry

The end of password expiry

Changing passwords is no longer advised by CESG and Barry Scott says businesses should be encouraging users to think about how passwords are used and adopt additional security that works in tandem with passwords.

Three reasons CIOs are paying more attention to vendor management

Three reasons CIOs are paying more attention to vendor management

By focusing on key supplier relationships as well as providing transparency deep into the chain of suppliers, a truly strategic VMO can oversee service delivery and value creation across the global business says David England.

Insider threats aren't always malicious: how organisations allow employees to continue to be the weakest link

Insider threats aren't always malicious: how organisations allow employees to continue to be the weakest link

Norman Shaw unpicks the innocent mistakes that employees make which, unlike cyber-security, there's no budget to reduce.

What is the price of healthcare cyber-attacks?

What is the price of healthcare cyber-attacks?

Cyber-attacks that harvest data have been gaining momentum, increasing in destructiveness and targeting progressively higher-profile organisations. However, this is not a problem limited to consumer-facing corporations says Ian Trump.

Old computing code puts millions at risk as glibc vulnerability exposed

Old computing code puts millions at risk as glibc vulnerability exposed

Anyone running glibc 2.9 or above should upgrade to a later version or apply a vendor patch now as malware authors will be looking at this bug closely given its remote code execution capabilities says Carl Leonard.

The four cornerstones of a smart workplace

The four cornerstones of a smart workplace

Drone deliveries, mobile car parking assistance, keyless building access. They're all possible now but Mark Furness asks how much is necessity and how much is pure hype?

Where do you start when building an insider-threat programme?

Where do you start when building an insider-threat programme?

Identify and prioritise your critical data, where it's held and who has access to it as the first steps to build your insider-threat programme advises Keith Lowry, and look at it as a business and not a technology issue.

Throwaway security terms and the danger to businesses

Throwaway security terms and the danger to businesses

As the headlines continue to be filled with stories of sophisticated cyber-attacks and high-profile data breaches, businesses are beginning to realise that they could easily be the next victim says Brent Kozjak.

Have liberated workers become a security nightmare for law firms?

Have liberated workers become a security nightmare for law firms?

The digital revolution has freed data from the office to multiple devices, bringing with it issues of secure acess, compliance and reputational integrity, which even smaller law firms must now address explains David Meyer.

Seven points to understand about cloud security

Seven points to understand about cloud security

By recognising and addressing the specific risks associated with use of cloud solutions, companies can overcome their fears and shift from a strategy built around minimising change to one optimised for change says Gordon Haff.

The reality of targeted cyber-attacks

The reality of targeted cyber-attacks

To tackle targeted cyber-attacks, Bob Tarzey says research and experience concur: put measures in place to prevent attacks happening, take action when one is underway and the clear up after the event when one succeeds.

Short term gain, long term pain: Avoiding IoT security shortcuts

Short term gain, long term pain: Avoiding IoT security shortcuts

In the rush to be first to market many organisations overlook basic IoT security principles, putting users at risk. Thomas Fischer urges, take time to build robust security protocols into products, rather than trying to retroft them.

Privacy's new clothes

Privacy's new clothes

Timothy Edgar suggests that the new Privacy Shield set replace the US-European Union Safe Harbour framework, is no shield at all and will not protect the privacy of European data held in the US.

10 things we can expect in the year ahead

10 things we can expect in the year ahead

Following the huge number of data lapses, last year will be remembered as the 'year of the breach' says Paul McEvatt who advises that we prepare for more frequent and diverse attacks in the year ahead.

The Ransomware threat: How companies can better protect themselves

The Ransomware threat: How companies can better protect themselves

Kevin Foster's advice for actions that companies can take to protect themselves against ransomware may be considered basic - from ensuring back-ups to not clicking on links - but they are actions that many neglect to take.

Secret sharing - The alternate security methodology

Secret sharing - The alternate security methodology

Secret Sharing - taking data and using randomisation to compute different shares (numbers) that only together define the secret/data - could be evolved to become a full-blown authentication protocol says Shlomi Dolev

False sense of security spreading on a gigantic scale

False sense of security spreading on a gigantic scale

Hitoshi Kokumai explains how increased access options improve convenience, but actually reduce security if each autonomously offers access, while creating a false sense of improved security as two factors get mentioned.

EU-US Privacy Shield to replace Safe Harbour

EU-US Privacy Shield to replace Safe Harbour

Pulina Whitaker examines the new EU-US Privacy Shield replacing the Safe Harbour programme

Open source security: know your code

Open source security: know your code

Adopting open source software isn't a question of "if" anymore, but of "when?" suggests Mike Pittenger.

Why passwords alone are not enough

Why passwords alone are not enough

With the rise in phishing and social engineering techniques, even a hard-to-crack password is not enough to combat the risk of compromised user accounts according to Steve Manzuik.

Preparing for the EU GDPR: What You Need To Know

Preparing for the EU GDPR: What You Need To Know

The biggest change in data privacy regulation to date has been ratified by the European Commission says James Walker. How might the new law affect you?

How to deal with the blind spots in your security created by SSL encrypted traffic

How to deal with the blind spots in your security created by SSL encrypted traffic

Robert Arandjelovic provides practical advice for CISOs, examining five of the most common network traffic inspections to protect against attacks that use security holes found in SSL encrypted traffic.

The new security landscape: more encryption, more problems

The new security landscape: more encryption, more problems

The Certificate Authority (CA) model is broken and the value of certificates is being chipped away, resulting in a lack of trust says Kevin Bocek, adding that his might lead users and even the major browsers to begin to rank CAs.

SSL visibility: decrypt and conquer

SSL visibility: decrypt and conquer

As internet traffic is increasingly encrypted, so the need to inspect encrypted traffic grows as that's where the malware will be says Ron Symons, adding that the time to invest in such systems is now.

Video: Building blocks of IT security 4 - Through-Life Operation

Video: Building blocks of IT security 4 - Through-Life Operation

Building blocks of IT security 4: Through Life Operation can be unglamorous and unpopular because it can be where the realities of earlier expedience-driven omissions, reductions in capacity and capability come home to roost, says Tony Collings.

Instilling a culture of security

Instilling a culture of security

Increasing focus on cyber-security once meant buying "yet another box." Gert-Jan Schenk says now businesses need to shift from defence to offence and instil a culture of security which needs to come directly from the CEO.

Apple security trends: What's on the horizon?

Apple security trends: What's on the horizon?

Apple Macs used to be considered near-impenetrable, but Steve Kelly says an evolving threat landscape, maturing marketplace and increase in business use means that reputation is changing rapidly.

While hackers hit the headlines, insider threats should not be forgotten

While hackers hit the headlines, insider threats should not be forgotten

Insiders with authorised access to sensitive information represent credible and growing security threats, which businesses should ignore at their peril says Mark Kendrew.

Why CISOs must act now to lock down third party risk

Why CISOs must act now to lock down third party risk

Third parties are an ignored risk says Raimund Genes who advises, review your contracts and prioritise your third parties based on risk - for example, what kind of data can they access, for what purpose and in what volume?

Video: Building blocks of IT security 3 - Acceptance into service

Video: Building blocks of IT security 3 - Acceptance into service

Having delivered a properly thought through requirement at building block 1 and a mature design with some development testing at block 2, we now move to block 3 where build-out of the design and the intensive programme of testing and acceptance into service is to be achieved, says Tony Collings.

Stop waiting and start hunting

Stop waiting and start hunting

Mav Turner explains why threat hunting is a growing focus for IT security strategies.

Does your MSSP have you covered?

Does your MSSP have you covered?

There are many managed security services on the market - the variety and scope of which can be confusing. Luke Ager considers what matters most.

Sharing Data Securely

Sharing Data Securely

There is a basic tension when it comes to both securing data and having it readily accessible, and this tension needs to be frequently addressed when considering the sharing of big data both within an organisation and outside it says Ted Dunning.

Beating 'defeat devices' in advanced malware

Beating 'defeat devices' in advanced malware

Criminals are developing malware that knows when it's being investigated and actively evades detection. Aatish Pattni describes a new way to protect networks.

Video: Building blocks of IT security 2 - Design and development

Video: Building blocks of IT security 2 - Design and development

In instalment two of his four-part viewpoint series, Tony Collings outlines the design and development phase of the project - the key challenge: getting the solution right.

A data revolution in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

A data revolution in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Today, as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) gathers pace, all areas of industry are experiencing new technological changes at a speed, scale and force unlike anything we have ever seen before says Paul Appleby.

Why passwords will never die

Why passwords will never die

Fundamental issues with the nature of security mean that passwords aren't going anywhere for the foreseeable future says Bill Carey who sees their role remaining as part of multi-factor solutions.

Five cyber-security trends to watch

Five cyber-security trends to watch

Dr Adrian Davis shares his top EMEA technology and security trends to watch this year including changing consumer expectations of data use and privacy as its value becomes apparent.

Into the Mind of a RAT operator

Into the Mind of a RAT operator

Both Dyre and Dridex Trojans now use a combination of local redirection and RAT to effectively escape detection by current anti-fraud and security tools, but Uri Rivner says real-time behaviour analysis can still spot the bad guys.

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