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What does it take to be a cyber-security professional?

We should be reaching out to students at a much younger age so that they can make an informed decision when choosing their core curriculum and specialties such as STEM subjects, developing an analytical and curious mindset.

Israel Cyber Week: Investing in ideas to tackle tomorrow's threats

As Israel's Cyber Week kicked off, SC Media UK met up with Professor Isaac Ben-Israel, head of Blavatnik ICRC, director at the Cyber Security Research Centre (Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science, Technology and security).

38 "games and educational apps" kicked out from Google Play Store

Security researchers recently discovered the presence of 38 malicious apps on the Google Play Store that were not only disguised as games and education apps but also redirected victims to install other apps from the Play Store.

Cryptojacking campaign hits 400 Drupal-based sites

Nearly 400 websites running outdated and vulnerable versions of the Drupal content management system, many affiliated with governments and educational institutions, were recently discovered to be infected.

Why training your employees is the best cyber-security defence

For most small businesses, dealing with cyber-security is new territory. But they don't have to reinvent the wheel. They can gain insights from the trials and tribulations of large organisations who've long been dealing with cyber-threats.

Win tomorrow's fight in today's practice

The most effective way for human beings to retain knowledge is to apply it beyond the classroom. For professionals seeking to learn how to protect their systems from a successful breach, practice must be as realistic as possible.

What business leaders should prioritise today to encourage women in tech

Business leaders need to step up and encourage the next generation of technical experts and leaders, because women represent an enormous (and, as yet, largely untapped) source of talent.

Why the cyber-security skills shortage is a CEO's responsibility

CEOs must lead by inspiring, supporting and facilitating the education of children about cyber-security, develop internship and mentoring programmes, offer apprenticeships, facilitate diverse workforces, and empower employees.

Cyber-security fines - too much stick and not enough carrot?

Too often vendors focus on the looming, overbearing, external threat, and do not talk to the user within the organisation - be it CEO or intern - to help, explain and incentivise good behaviour within.

Ransomware has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary -

- but rising awareness is not enough to address the cyber-threat. Robust procedures must be put in place to protect data and fulfil organisations' responsibility to customers and staff.

Government £50k grants for cybersec training and £1.8m for airport security

The government is making £50,000 cyber-security training grants available, and separately it has invested £1.8 million in 'innovative' machine learning technologies that will help improve threat detection capabilities at airports.

Final Reminder to register and attend SC Congress for FREE on Thursday

SC Congress 2018: Register by 1.0 pm Wednesday 14th to get your FREE day pass on Thursday 15 February, at the ILEC Conference Centre, 47 Lillie Road, London, SW6 1UD.

North Korean Monero miner: educational tool or weapon prototype?

A North Korean cryptominer is raising questions as to whether it is an educational tool or a prototype to carry out silent attacks on unsuspecting CPUs.

Free - Latest 'Cybersecurity for Dummies' book now available

The book "Cybersecurity for Dummies," is now available free electronically and in print. It is designed to give all employees a practical understanding of cyber-security basics.

Will the supply of skilled Information security analysts match the demand?

Tapping into this huge talent pool [of non-traditional cyber-sec staff] will not be easy, but steps are being taken to make the cyber-security field more appealing to these populations, including teaching girl scouts about cyber-security.

Budget: tech & skills investment welcome, why no mention of cyber-security?

The UK Chancellor Philip Hammond, announced his autumn budget today, and while it was a pro-tech budget, he had nothing to say specifically about cyber-security, hence the industry has had a lot to say about his plans.

NHS needs to develop cyber-sec culture to reap benefits of digitisation

GDPR-ready but prioritising cyber-security, including education and training for all staff to develop cyber-security culture, will enable delivery of significant financial savings.

How your business can survive the cyber-security skills crisis

More than two thirds of companies struggle to recruit the staff necessary to defend themselves; the Center for Cyber Safety and Education suggests a workforce gap of 1.8 million by 2022. What can be done asks Jay Coley.

Closing the skills gap to secure the future - invest in people

Doug Wylie says organisations must invest in security skills now, to secure their systems for their future, noting companies have invested in tech for a workforce not trained how to securely operate and maintain these systems.

The drive for more skills, greater professionalism and better balance

Piers Wilson, director of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) looks at the people challenges for an industry in the spotlight

How the UK can create its very own Silicon Valley?

Silicon Valley is a globally renowned hallmark of technology, success and innovation whose companies define huge elements of our lives. David Howorth asks, why is there no equivalent in the UK, and how can we change that?

Can your employees identify a phishing attack?

Latest round of cyber-attacks underscore the need for regular security awareness training says Eldon Sprickerhoff.

The curious case of the missing women in cyber

Rather than promote positive discrimination, we need to promote cyber-security as a gender neutral discipline and advocate for 'positive action' says Naina Bhattacharya, creating positive messaging for diversity and inclusion.

Women of influence in UK cyber security 2017: 20 women to watch

SC Media UK has come up with our list of 20 SC Women of Influence in UK Cyber-Security 2017, selecting from an abundance of talent to promote female cyber-security role models

Malware - a primer: What is it and what can you do to prevent it?

Virus, worm, keylogger, Trojan, spyware, adware, and ransomware are all forms of malware with a level of distinction between each, but, as Harsh Maurya notes, it might not be apparent to the common, non-tech user.

Companies need to adopt a culture-shift to ensure cyber-threat awareness

To combat cyber-attacks we need to look at a cultural change within the company and shunt Cyber Security higher up the agenda. A great start could be ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management standard says Tim Schraider.

ICYMI: Spyware; US data law; NSA tools hack; Games DDoS'd; Skills gap

In Case You Missed It: Spyware in 1,000 apps; US global data grab; NSA tools used to hack hotels; Warcraft DDoS'd; Students narrow skills gap

Students offer hope for narrowing of skills gap in cyber-security

Today's A level results report Maths as the most popular A level with maths and further maths having nearly 25 percent more entries than in 2010 - bodes well to narrow skills gap - but concerns remain and alternatives touted.

Supporting staff to create a more cyber-security conscious workforce

Security tools are useful, but as Edewede Oriwoh explains, we also need to support our staff within an overall cyber-security strategy where employees are engaged and involved and come to own some of the security processes.

Lastline says cyber-pros have some gaps in their malware knowledge

Low awareness of some common malware behaviours could decrease the effectiveness of detection and mitigation efforts, according to the company.