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  • Reliance acsn Weekly Newsletter: May 25th
    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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  • Our digital society still needs to be protected by humans
    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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  • Reliance acsn Weekly Newsletter: May 18th
    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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  • Reliance acsn Security Update: Ransomware attacks
    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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  • Reliance acsn Weekly Newsletter: May 11th
    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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  • The people attacking your business couldn’t be better organised
    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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  • Reliance acsn Weekly Newsletter: May 4th
    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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  • Making the right MSSP choice is harder now but choosing well can pay dividends
    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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  • Reliance acsn Weekly Newsletter: April 27th
    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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  • The problem with bug bounty programs is that they are quite buggy
    So called bug bounty programs have become popular in recent years with many tech giants paying hackers – in some cases quite well – to find previously unknown vulnerabilities in their software and applications. Google, Facebook, Microsoft and others are increasingly willing to reward those who can find vulnerabilities before criminal hackers do. It’s not a new idea and it is motivated by competiti...
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  • Reliance acsn Weekly Newsletter: April 20th
    This week we have four diverse articles. Our headline story captures the extent of the problem – over 20% of UK firms believe they were “hacked” in the last year. The actual problem is almost certainly larger, but undetected. As our CEO John Madelin comments in the article, it is likely that the cause in most cases is not doing the basics right, rather than... The post Reliance acsn Weekly Newslet...
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  • Sharing the fallout from a cyber attack
    A recent report claimed that cyber attacks have wiped around £42bn off the collective share value of UK businesses targeted. That large, and headline grabbing figure, was reached by research group Oxford Economics using data compiled from the Gemalto Breach Index – a register of publicly disclosed cyber security breaches. Altogether, it says 315 breach events were examined, with a focus on 65 “sev...
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  • Reliance acsn Weekly Newsletter: April 13th
    In the wake of the tragic death of PC Keith Palmer and the recent Wonga breach, perhaps the most telling comment in the news we bring you this week is the Privacy Paradox and the question of who really cares when it comes to protecting privacy? In surveys, users claim to place a high priority on protection of their privacy. But actions speak louder than words, and... The post Reliance acsn Weekly ...
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  • Reliance acsn Weekly Newsletter: April 6th
    The lead article this week points to a global hacking operation from a China-based cyber gang (APT10) to find weaknesses in companies proving outsourced services. Once the outsourcer had been exploited then the real target could be attacked. The article calls it “one of the largest ever sustained global cyber espionage campaigns” and there is evidence that the attacks started as far back as 2014.....
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  • The future of the Security Operations Centre is hybrid
    It’s hard to think of something so fundamental to conventional cyber security management thinking as the Security Operations Centre (SOC). The model comes from a defence and national security mindset that by having a central command centre through which all communication flows, you are able to fully control the theatre of operations from a central vantage point. This will include what the people o...
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  • Reliance acsn Weekly Newsletter: March 30th
    It’s Dangerous out there! The articles posted above show very different ends of the Cyber Security universe. At one end we have CityA.M. pointing to the lack of preparation and formal strategy to handle a cyber attack, at the other end of the scale we see how ridiculously easy it is to purchase and launch a DDOS attack. If we start at the darker end... The post Reliance acsn Weekly Newsletter: Mar...
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  • What can business learn from the security of social media?
    For some of the older members of the Reliance acsn team, social media is a bit of a mystery, apart from our hipster like CEO – a notably keen user of Facebook. Jokes apart, it goes without saying that social media is a huge phenomenon, with user numbers in billions and no sign of slowing down. It’s also true that social media has its downsides... The post What can business learn from the security ...
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  • Reliance acsn Cyber Snapshot – Issue 24
    Our articles this week illustrate the growing complexity of the challenge and the matching sense in industry of falling behind the curve in responding. The Three data breach, that our CEO John Madelin comments on, helps to reinforce the point that companies have a responsibility to their customers to keep all of their data secure. Our main article provides analytic data to demonstrate that compani...
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  • Acquiring a new company means owning its security as well
    Growth for many businesses is achieved through an organic process, slow but with minimal risk, or via merger and acquisitions which rapidly grows the value of the business but is more risky. Many companies have expanded only to increase the value of the business (even to facilitate its own acquisition) but in the end been brought down by the debt or bad practice of the... The post Acquiring a new ...
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  • Reliance acsn Cyber Snapshot – Issue 23
    This week we highlight the evolution of threats over time. Is it “same old, same old” or a significant shift? Our main article highlights the costs and implications of Home Depot’s loss of customer data in 2014 and the six months it took to realise that their systems had been compromised (which is all too common as a story even today). Our remaining three stories are examples of... The post Relian...
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  • If you want to get ahead, get an apprentice
    This week was National Apprentice Week. You may not have known that, it was not as widely publicised as International Women’s Day for example, but in terms of impact on the future prosperity of our country it is significant. The week was coordinated by the UK National Apprenticeship Service and, in the government’s word, it is “designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they... ...
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  • Reliance acsn Cyber Snapshot – Issue 22
    As we collectively “slam” the UK Government Digital strategy, especially as it relates to Training, I reflect on my recent attendance at the government strategy team’s CyberFirst launch (https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/fresh-drive-develop-next-generation-cyber-security-expert). The event was woefully underrepresented by the commercial sector, who seem so keen on stepping up the ante. The seniority, p...
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  • Think Tank Dinner at the Aqua Shard sponsored by Reliance acsn
    On Wednesday 1st March, Reliance acsn sponsored a Think Tank dinner where the following topics were discussed: The conflict between a business-first versus security-first approach: Business must move quickly, but security sometimes need to move slowly Are CISO’s too focused on the trees to really be able to see the forest? The impact organizational diversity has on security and the risk of breach:...
  • What’s in a name?
    A random search for “cyber security’ on Twitter threw up a strange, but eye-catching, set of statistics that suggested that global consulting giant PwC had more cyber security experts than IBM, the US Air Force, Microsoft and Cisco. Closer inspection revealed this statistic was generated by a search query on LinkedIn that counted the number of profiles that listed the word “cybersecurity” in their...
  • RelianceACSN Cyber Snapshot – Issue 21
    The adoption of cloud based services is becoming the norm as businesses transition away from traditional onsite IT solutions. It is without doubt that the cloud offers businesses a number of distinct benefits over traditional IT such as flexibility, cost reductions, built-in disaster recovery, work force mobility and in theory better security. It is the last point that we need to consider carefull...
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  • Unprotected toys are definitely not for us
    There is a well respected pen testing professional who entertains conference crowds with a sequence of tricks where he demonstrates the vulnerabilities of various connected devices. It’s entertaining but his message is a serious one. As well as pointing out regular security flaws in business devices, he has become increasingly concerned about the growth of domestic devices that are casually wifi o...
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  • RelianceACSN Cyber Snapshot – Issue 20
    This week we see further evidence of some of the key themes emerging in the world of cyber security. Serious financial impacts on companies that do not manage their cyber security properly are very real and have been demonstrated by the revaluation of Yahoo in its acquisition by Verizon. This hits shareholder value and will not go unnoticed in the markets both in the US and... The post RelianceACS...
  • RelianceACSN Cyber Snapshot – Issue 19
    This week’s big cyber news, the opening of the new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), has prompted a lot of related stories and we feature four of them here. The new centre is a great initiative with a strong team and we will be doing our bit, with the rest of the industry, to ensure that it is a success! It’s good to also see... The post RelianceACSN Cyber Snapshot – Issue 19 appeared first o...
  • God save the Queen and our National Cyber Security Centre
    “Today, even your kettle can be targeted by cyber criminals – business must be prepared.” So said Chancellor Philip Hammond to commemorate the opening of the swanky new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in Victoria, London. The new centre is something the government is quite proud of, and HM The Queen was ushered from Buck House to officially open it. Some national symbolism there, or... The p...
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  • RelianceACSN Cyber Snapshot – Issue 18
    Recent reports and surveys continue to flag the gap between the importance of cyber reporting and Board understanding of this critical issue. A clear understanding of businesses critical information assets is a vital starting point. A Board with a clearly articulated position on what might impact the business in tangible value (disruption, interruption, theft of critical IP as few non-exhaustive e...
  • The technical gap between nation state attacks and bedroom hackers is closing fast
    Have you heard of fileless malware? Thanks to the trickle down of advanced threats leaking from the laboratories of the world’s active cyber warrior states, you might soon. But due to its stealthy nature, it will have heard of you first. Unlike signature based malware that opens an application in the OS, fileless malware attacks and resides in the memory of target devices, making it... The post Th...
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  • RelianceACSN attends ministerial launch of GCHQ’s CyberFirst Bursary Initiative
    London, UK, 3 February 2017 – Yesterday global cyber security specialist RelianceACSN attended the ministerial launch of the National Cyber Security Council’s CyberFirst bursary initiative to offer students a comprehensive package of financial assistance and cyber skills. The event saw members of the technology and security industry come together with the UK government to highlight the importance ...
  • RelianceACSN Cyber Snapshot – Issue 17
    Knowing where your data is has never been more important. A combination of the rising rate of cyber attacks on organisations, the changing political climate and the upcoming introduction of the European General Data Protection Regulation means that cybersecurity is a key focus for organisations. Organisations have a duty of care to ensure that the details of customers are stored securely. Part of ...
  • Are some things best left unconnected? Like voting and some of your data maybe
    There is a theory that if you switched on and connected an unprotected device to the internet it would be infected with hundreds of bits of malware within minutes. Maybe even seconds. Like many, a good infosecurity story this one was never really proven in the real world, but the point is well made. Without protection, and perhaps more pointedly even with protection, a device... The post Are some ...
  • Data provenance, just what the doctor ordered
    Knowing where your data is has never been more important. A combination of the rising rate of cyber attacks on organisations, the changing political climate and the upcoming introduction of the European General Data Protection Regulation means that cybersecurity is a key focus for organisations. Last year the discovery of data breaches at Yahoo! highlighted the need to properly secure customer dat...
  • RelianceACSN announces appointment of four new advisory board members
    London, UK, 9 February 2017 – RelianceACSN today announced the appointment of several new members to its advisory board. Professor Nick Jennings, Dominic Raab MP, Tom Ilube and Paul Winstanley will bring expertise from academia, policy, business and defence to finalise the structure of RelianceACSN’s board.  Brian Kingham, Chairman at RelianceACSN commented: “We are delighted to welcome these four...
  • RelianceACSN announces support for schools
    Announcing support for ‘Parents and teachers for excellence’  RelianceACSN, the cyber security specialists, said that the single most important factor in the continued  international leadership of the UK digital industries was improving standards in schools and producing more technology savvy school leavers. RelianceACSN chairman, Brian Kingham, said: “The last Government made excellent progress i...

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