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Cyber Security: The Human Factor

Iron Chain

Any security system is only as good as its weakest point. In the cyber security world, the weakest point is nearly always the human element. Around 40% of UK firms have suffered at least one data breach in the last 12 months. The most common form of breach was a staff member unwittingly clicking on a malicious link within a fraudulent email. Like the shockwave from an explosion, the outcome from a cyber-attack can be far-reaching and extremely damaging.  In recent years, firms such as payday lender Wonga, Tesco Bank and mobile phone operator Three have had thousands of customer records stolen, lost millions of pounds, seen share prices plummet, and found their brand reputations in tatters. (more…)

by Charlie Trumpess   20th June 2017 6:07 am

Leaving the Backdoor Open: Patch Management

Patch management

Until recently, patch management was barely a consideration for many organisations. Instead, ‘install and forget’ was the common approach to deploying systems. In fact, many systems were rarely or never patched. Of course, the rise of cybercrime and myriad of threats has changed all that, or has it? Incredibly, 44% of security breaches occur after vulnerabilities have been identified and solutions found. A report by BMC and Forbes Insights found that many months often elapse before identified security vulnerabilities are fixed, leaving organisations needlessly exposed.

The devastating financial and reputational costs of a security breach are well documented. At the same time, the risk of a breach has increased exponentially. That’s why patch management is now regarded as a critical part of an integrated defence strategy. (more…)

by Charlie Trumpess   13th June 2017 9:59 am

Advanced Cyber-Security Solutions

V Mask cybercrime

Cyber-crime Pays

Next in our series of posts about protecting your business from cyber threats and data breaches, we will look at a range of solutions designed to safeguard your network from infiltration and detect any malicious software that is present. Cyber-crime is a multi-billion dollar annual market. This means attackers are very well funded, and will continue to produce better, more disruptive malware and viruses. FBI research has found a single ransomware campaign can generate $60 million annually. Capable of generating massive profits for the cyber criminals, ransomware and other forms of cyber-crime are with us for years to come.

In this blog, we will discuss how some advanced security solutions can help enhance your levels of protection and reduce your risk of infection. (more…)

by Charlie Trumpess   6th June 2017 8:40 am

Anti-virus and the Battle against Malware

Not News

The number and variety of cyber-attacks faced by organisations continues to grow daily. Businesses of all sizes and across all industries are being targeted. To compound the problem, the attack surface is becoming greater and more varied with the proliferation of mobile devices, Cloud services and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). This is creating a major headache for security professionals trying to counter this growing threat.

Ransomware

The enormous global press coverage of recent ransomware attacks put cyber security front of mind for many organisations. The term “ransomware” was probably new to many people until they switched on the news a week ago or tried to keep an appointment at a local NHS hospital. However, ransomware is not a new issue, but is a multi-billion dollar problem. (more…)

by Charlie Trumpess   1st June 2017 3:16 pm

Always Have a Backup Plan

IT Strategy

An Uncomfortable Truth

Ransomware is a hot topic right now. The recent WannaCry malware attack shows just how vulnerable organisations are to cybercrime. Designed to take your corporate data hostage, ransomware is a growing problem, and no one is safe. Globally, it’s estimated that ransomware affects another company every 40 seconds. Ransomware attacks doubled during 2016. Overall, cybercrime cost UK firms £34.1bn last year. The statistics are alarming, but also hide an uncomfortable truth. Many organisations fail to take the most basic precautions to protect themselves. (more…)

by Charlie Trumpess   30th May 2017 2:09 pm