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  • According to recent surveys “people” remain the number one threat to cyber security within your organisation. They are the prime cause of the majority of data breaches (due to human error) and are also considered to be one of the biggest threats to corporate security, due to IP theft or computer fraud. A lack of focus on the human element of security often leaves companies exposed... The post Reli...

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  • The impact of the recent, lethal WannaCry and NotPetya attacks have been staggering with the ransomware hitting nearly 100 countries and some of the world’s largest organisations – who presumably have the financial might and resources to invest in warding off such strikes.  And yet, the ransomware penetrated deeply and widely. Three things have come to the fore – no organisation is immune from sec...

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  • It is abundantly clear that the ‘human‘ component is by far the most critical and yet the weakest element in organisations’ cyber security defences. Cyber criminals know this and so are freely exploiting this vulnerability; and the due the ubiquitous use of email today in business, the email is serving as their most effective vehicle for attacks. Email attacks today are manifesting in many forms.....

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  • This week we have seen the UK government up the ante with proposed measures that seek to enforce cyber security responsibilities squarely on organisations. With a suggested fine of either £17m or 4 per cent of global turnover, in the event of loss of service as a consequence of a breach, no organisation can afford to ignore the directives. The impact of such a fine... The post Reliance acsn Weekly...

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  • It’s noteworthy that across multiple, independent surveys, the finding is unanimous – SMEs are displaying a worryingly lax attitude towards security, which is coming at great cost to the business. Despite security breaches making headlines on almost a daily basis, business leaders aren’t committing to security investment in any meaningful way. It’s time organisations heeded the warning of the rece...

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  • The main story this week is about the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) Cyber Schools Programme. This is a massively positive step by DCMS and should be applauded because the biggest challenge facing the industry is the shortage of skills. In one of my roles I am Chair of ADA College, the National College for Digital Skills, so I understand how vital... The post Reliance ac...

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  • Our lead story this week predicts the huge financial impact that a major cyber incident could have globally. The estimates for various attacks go as high as $121.4 bn, or 0.2% of global GDP. This highlights the point that digital data has become one of the world’s most important commodities, driving both growth and change in world economies. It’s no accident that the world’s most... The post Relia...

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  • In the face of WannaCry, NotPetya and numerous other high-profile data breaches, European businesses are seriously evaluating how they manage their cyber security. Businesses are looking for services that succeed in safeguarding critical data, but work across all the business and IT needs. There are still barriers to overcome and buyers will remain to be convinced if they are to part with cash for...

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  • Whilst researching the articles for this weeks’ newsletter, I was struck by the reoccurring themes that have been security concerns for many years but are still not adequately addressed. Take the lead article “53% of organisations struggle with patch management” for example. Efficient patch management would have been more than adequate to prevent some of the recent high-profile security exploits. ...

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  • This week’s newsletter highlights a number of recent developments in the cybersecurity world. What the articles have in common is that they highlight the increasing prevalence and importance of cybersecurity in all aspects of all of our lives. They also emphasise the fact that cybersecurity is not just an issue for the IT department, it is something that can impact whole businesses or even in... T...

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  • The Holy Grail of cyber security is that one day it will become invisible and 100% reliable. Obviously we are some way off from that point at the moment. A recent survey on current awareness of cyber security issues and technologies demonstrates just how far. In March this year, the Washington based Pew Research Center surveyed more than 1000 adults on their knowledge of cybersecurity... The post ...

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  • This week we follow a common theme around data loss with the news that information on 200 million US citizens has been lying around on a public server for anyone to see. There are several key elements to draw out: This was cyber error rather than cyber-crime. The data didn’t leak because a highly sophisticated group, perhaps nation state sponsored, spent weeks chipping away at... The post Reliance...

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  • When Amazon unveiled its little Echo Dot device in 2015, it ushered in the kind of paradigm shift in computing not seen for decades. Suddenly you could get things done just by asking. No mouse, keyboard or screen – no wires! Spend any length of time with one of these wonders (now copied by both Google and Apple) and you begin to realise that nothing... The post Hello computer, are you secure? appe...

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  • This week, Reliance acsn’s first selected article focuses on the threat of malware on systems that control industrial processes and critical national infrastructure. Well intended, but possibly naïve, actions to embrace evolving technology and deliver operational efficiencies have been the design motive for connecting these systems. However, they were originally designed to be based on physical an...

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  • If you’ve been involved in IT for a while you have been aware of the term DevOps; you may even have such a group in your own organisation. Recently, a new term has been coined, that of Secure DevOps or SecDevOps and it has joined the IT security landscape. Both are somewhat misleading terms. DevOps was originally coined to describe the union of in-house software... The post The problem with DevOps...

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  • This week we’d like to focus on the healthcare market. We’ve all seen the recent impact of the malware attacks on the NHS. However, the report on data breaches is interesting. Out of the 221 breaches that happened between October and December 2016, human error was the main cause with 24% of breaches attributed to loss of paperwork and 19% attributed to data faxed or... The post Reliance acsn Weekl...

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  • For some time we have accepted that effective business security, data privacy and compliance requires a Chief Information Security Officer to act as the lynchpin between the IT security functions and the company board. It was the CISO that ensured that security was a “boardroom issue”, and this mantra has stuck. The concept started in the United States but has never really caught on in... The post...

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  • With protection of consumers data very much at the forefront of regulators minds, it is an interesting coincidence that China’s new Cyber Security Law (CSL) came into effect in the same month that the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) started its 12 month countdown to launch. China’s CSL becomes law on 31st May and is directed at critical information infrastructure providers and is focu...

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  • As we have noted before in our blogs, the cyber security skills shortage remains an enduring problem despite efforts by government and academia to address the issue with extra money and university training. If anything, the gap between supply and demand is widening further just as threat levels increase and compliance becomes more pressing for all organisations. The ransomware attacks in the last ...

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  • Cyber security is still very much in the news after last week’s ransomware attacks around the globe. Thankfully, most organisations seem to be back on an even keel. However, the spread of the attack and the large number of organisations that have been affected have raised the profile and the importance of cyber security. As Winston Churchill is reported to have said, “never waste a... The post Rel...

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  • Go to any major airport in the world and you will see the reassuring presence of the air traffic control tower in the distance. Inside will be the highly trained people we all put our trust in, surveying in 360 degrees everything happening out in the skies and on the ground. However, at London City Airport that is all about to change as it moves... The post Our digital society still needs to be pr...

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  • It has been one week since the WannaCry Ransomware broke out, that in less than three days infected more than 200,000 machines in over 70 countries and disrupted critical parts of the national digital infrastructure. A combination of Ransomware and a network-based worm created the perfect storm for organisations. Seemingly, the malware used was developed by the NSA and whilst we could argue that i...

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  • As you are probably aware by now, the world is recovering from a massive worldwide cyber-attack that started last Friday 12th May. What is this attack about? This ransomware attack is different than previous ransomware attacks due to the nature of how this is spreading. A classic ransomware attack is delivered through some form of social engineering (e-mail/web) and encrypts every document stored ...

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  • This week we see that a report produced by PAC-CXP, a leading European IT research firm, and Reliance acsn has identified clear indifference towards being ready for the potentially crippling fines coming from non-compliance with GDPR legislation in under a year. Perhaps this is a gamble worth taking but for the losers (and there will be some) a future breach will translate in business losses... Th...

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  • We’ve said previously in our blogs that after an attack perhaps the last thing you worry about is who was behind the crime. Once it has happened most organisations worry about damage limitation than the unlikely prosecution of those responsible. One reason why cyber crime is so attractive to organised criminal groups (OCG) is they know how hard it is to get convictions. In many... The post The peo...

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  • The lead article this week echoes a message that has been heard many times before, an endless stream of potential cyber attacks with an increased level of sophistication. The poor security professional is constantly overwhelmed with the volume and the breath of possible attacks. What does the future for the security professional look like? Rather worryingly the article reinforces the view that thr...

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  • This week sees the launch of a new piece of research sponsored by Reliance ascn and undertaken for us by the leading European IT research firm PAC-CXP. The study, “Managing Security in the Digital Era”, was conducted in February this year across the UK, France, Germany, Nordics, Ireland and Netherlands. Just over 200 senior IT and security executives across manufacturing, retail, and transport and...

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  • As the US prepares for the release of a new cyber security executive order the word on the street is that it will adopt a very similar approach to that of the UK government. This highlights the very close relationship between the UK and US government agencies dealing with national cyber security policy. The US order focuses on the need for innovation and the protection... The post Reliance acsn We...

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