European Parliament in Strasbourg
European Parliament in Strasbourg

New EU directive requires critical infrastructure to improve cyber-security

The European Parliament has passed the new network and information security (NIS) directive under which companies which supply essential services – such as energy, transport, banking, health or digital services such as cloud services and search engines – will be required to achieve minimum standards of cyber-security under new EU-wide rules.

The EU network and information security (NIS) directive sets common cyber-security standards and aims to step up cooperation among EU countries and service providers. According to its supporters, it will help prevent attacks on EU countries' interconnected infrastructure. More

Euro 2016 causes spike in cyber-crime on mobiles

Cyber-criminals have used the Euro 2016 Football tournament to target victims with malicious websites. As well as this, official apps for the football fest are also leaking data, it has been claimed.

According to research carried out by the SmartWire Labs Team at Wandera, an increase in the number of malicious websites being accessed by smartphones has been detected. The firm said that host country France has been actively targeted by hackers, with 72 percent of malicious websites and 41 percent of exposed passwords being detected on smartphones in that country. More

Health sector tops breach list, says ICO

The healthcare sector has once again won the dubious distinction of the leakiest industry as the Information Commissioner's Office releases data covering breaches reported in the final quarter of 2015.  Half of all data breaches reported to the ICO originated from public and private health organisations.

Data published by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) reveals that 184 breaches were reported in the health sector in the final quarter of 2015. The second most breached sector was local government, which reported 43 breaches in the same quarter. More                              

Only 29% of organisations have a cyber-security expert in their IT dept

Just over a quarter of organisations have an in-house cyber-security expert and half have no IT security experts of any kind. Spiceworks polled more than 600 IT professionals in the UK and US and found that 29 percent of organisations have a cyber-security expert working in the IT department, and only seven percent have an expert in another department or on the executive team.

Almost a quarter (23 percent) of organisations pay outside security experts to help protect their environments and fill the knowledge gap.  A concerning 55 percent of organisations don't have regular access to any IT security experts at all, internal or third-party. Cyber-security is a priority for 73 percent of CIOs and senior IT leaders, followed by 56 percent of CTOs and 54 percent of CEOs. Less than 50 percent said cyber-security is a priority for their CFO, COO or CMO. Yet most organisations (80 percent) experienced at least one security incident last year. More

Business travellers putting organisations' cyber-security at risk

Business travellers are more likely to be targeted for their access to private and corporate data than be mugged, according to a new report by Kaspersky Lab which surveyed 11,850 people across Europe, Russia, Latin America, Asia Pacific and the US

It said that three in five (59 percent) people in senior roles say they try to log on as quickly as possible upon arrival abroad because there is an expectation at work that they will stay connected. The research also found that 47 percent think that employers, if they send staff overseas, must accept any security risks that goes with it. More