ICYMI: Estonia 1st; US$1m ransom; GCSE fall; GDPR concern; Lack of women

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In Case You Missed It: Global cybersec ranking; US$1m ransom paid in S Korea; GCSE computing entrants fall; UK GDPR laggard, Women shortfall

Estonian cyber-security ranked 1st in Europe

Estonia's cyber-space estate has been ranked as having the best cyber-security in Europe, and the fifth best in the world.

This recognition of cyber excellence for a country that is seen as being an innovator in internet-enabled government was announced at the World Summit on Information Society Forum 2017 on Thursday, where the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) introduced the latest iteration of its Global Cyber-security Index (GCI).

On the world stage, Estonia ranked fifth after Singapore, USA, Malaysia and Oman. The index covers all 195 world countries – the United Kingdom came 14th.  In Europe, Estonia came out on top, followed by France, Norway, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands in the top five. More...

South Korean web host pays US$1 million ransom to release customer files

Ransomers have successfully extorted US$ 1 million from a South Korean web hosting firm after having successfully infected multiple servers with Erebus ransomware.

South Korean firm Nayana was hit with a Linux ransomware attack that demanded an unprecedented 550 Bitcoins (BTC) or (£1.27 million) ransom.

The company announced on 12 June in a message to customers that it had been attacked two days previously. On 14 June 2017 the web hosting company was able to negotiate the ransom down to 397.6 BTC, to be paid in three installments. More...

GCSE computing exam entrants fall, infosec job recruitment in trouble

Amidst a slow growth in students taking computing courses at GCSE level, there is a fear of an eventual shortage of skilled personnel to work in the sector. Figures from the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) have warned that entries for the new computing exams have risen to 67,800 this year from 61,220 in 2016.

However, as 58,600 students are still taking the old ICT exam from the previous curriculum, the overall number of students getting a GCSE in computing is about to fall slightly. Speaking to the BBC, the British Computing Society warned “the number studying for a computing qualification could halve by 2020”, adding should this happen, it would be a “disaster for the economy”. More...

UK far behind other European countries in regard to GDPR compliance

More than half (54 percent) of businesses in the UK have little to no understanding of the fines associated for not being compliant with GDPR.

That's according to research from Sophos in which 625 IT decision makers from the UK, France and Benelux (Belgium and Luxemburg) were asked about the impact GDPR will have on businesses in these countries.

Almost one in five (17 percent) of all businesses admitted that if fined, their business would close. This number jumps to 54 percent for small businesses with fewer than 50 people. Additionally, 39 percent of ITDMs said fines would also lead to redundancies at their business.  Many UK businesses think that Brexit may mean they no longer need to comply. More...

Plugging the gap: Why are fewer women getting into cyber-security?

The latest figures show the number of female cyber security professionals is reducing compared with previous years. What, SC's Kate O'Flaherty asks, is the industry doing wrong?

It is hard to fathom why the number of women in cyber-security is not increasing. Globally, only 10 percent of the world's cyber-security professionals are female. In Europe, this figure declines to just 7 percent of the cyber-security workforce and in the UK, only 8 percent.

These figures come in spite of the best efforts of the industry and UK government – which wants to introduce cyber-security into schools to help plug the skills gap. This is in addition to programmes such as GCHQ's CyberFirst Girls Competition aiming to identify talented young female coders.

Many women who spoke to SC think programmes such as these do not tackle the whole issue.  The cyber-security industry is broad, they say, and there are a range of jobs that go beyond just technical skills. More...


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