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GDPR and cyber security readiness

Media hype around GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has produced considerably more heat than light. GDPR is the European Union’s replacement for things like the UK’s Data Protection Act (1998). The new regulations come into effect 25th May 2018. All companies wishing to trade with the EU must be GDPR compliant. The UK will adopt…

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View How good is your cyber security, really? Get a Network Security Audit

How good is your cyber security, really? Get a Network Security Audit

Hitchin, UK, February 2018 – Today, a data breach, ransomware attack or IT systems failure can seriously damage an organisation’s ability to operate. It can even cause organisations to close down. However, surprisingly few organisations take even rudimentary precautions to protect their IT infrastructure and valuable data. Instead, they use weak passwords, share user privileges,…

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Cyber Essentials certification

Modern Networks is pleased to announce that we have gained our Cyber Essentials certification for 2018. Introduced by the UK Government in 2014, the Cyber Essentials scheme is designed to help organisations better protect themselves from the most common cyber threats. Cyber Essentials certification has a number of benefits, such as demonstrating an organisation’s commitment…

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View The little book of network security available now

The little book of network security available now

Hitchin, UK – According to Government statistics, half of all UK businesses suffered a data breach or cyber attack in the past 12 months. It’s estimated that cyber crime cost UK businesses a staggering £34.1 billion during 2016. The reason cyber crime has reached such epidemic proportions is easily explained: profit. The average ransomware attack…

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Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) vulnerability

On the 29th January 2018, Cisco published a security vulnerability alert concerning their Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) software. Cisco ASA is a security device that combines firewall, intrusion prevention, and virtual private network (VPN) capabilities. It provides proactive threat defence that stops attacks before they spread through an IT network. The identified vulnerability in the…

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View Press release: protecting you from Nyetya Ransomware

Press release: protecting you from Nyetya Ransomware

Hitchin, Hertfordshire – Friday 30th June, 2017. Once again, the world has been rocked by a large-scale cyberattack. This week (26th June 2017), we have seen Nyetya ransomware strike dozens of companies and institutions including advertising agencies, law firms, food manufacturers and freight shippers. A new variant of the Petya computer virus, Nyetya locks its…

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View Leaving the backdoor open: patch management

Leaving the backdoor open: 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…

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Cybersecurity: the human factor

Any security system is only as good as its weakest link. In the cyber security world, the weakest link 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…

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Always have a backup plan

An uncomfortable truth Ransomware is a hot topic right now. The WannaCry malware attack of May 2017 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…

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