So far, the courts say yes, but that could change.
If one of your employees stole all the personal data held by your business and then sold it on the dark web, should you be held responsible for their actions?
On the face of it, you might expect the answer to be a resounding ‘no’, but it’s not that simple. Organisations that process data have a legal duty to protect it, and they can be fined significant sums by the Information Commissioner’s Office if they let it fall into the wrong hands.Read More »
Security experts suggest worrying about something else.
One of the big challenges of cyber security is that it’s often reactive. Hackers find new ways to crack into systems, and then security companies come up with ways to stop them. When the hackers find previously undiscovered vulnerabilities in software, these are known as zero-day exploits, and they’re often regarded as a major threat to cyber security. But according to security firm Tenable, zero-day exploits are overhyped and aren’t the real problem.Read More »
Hackers could be using your IT systems for profit, and you would never know.
Has your business fallen victim to cryptojacking? This relatively new form of cyber crime is often subtle and hard to detect, and it can affect just about any device with an internet connection. So what is cryptojacking, and what does it mean for businesses?Read More »
It's not just your own defences you should be concerned about.
Taking care of your own cyber security should be your priority, but breaches suffered anywhere in your supply chain can cause your business problems.
As the metaphysical poet John Donne once wrote, "No man is an island". The same can be said for businesses. Whether your organisation is a huge multinational, a one-man band or anything between, it doesn’t function in isolation; at some point, you have to rely on other businesses.Read More »
Taking the threat seriously is a major part of protecting your business.
It’s become something of running joke that workplace health and safety in this country has ‘gone mad’. Yes, there have been some decidedly odd decisions made in the name of injury prevention, but for the most part it’s just a myth. There are hundreds of thousands of workplace injuries every year, and health and safety rules help to keep that number down. We have these rules for the same reasons we nominate workers to be first aiders and fire marshals. What’s odd is that we don’t do the same for cyber security.Read More »
Criminals won't go easy on them.
Only 9% of charities in the UK have a fraud awareness training programme, despite 69% of them regarding fraud as a major risk to their sector. So says a new report from the government, which shows the extent to which charities are vulnerable to fraud.Read More »
Aka: tales from the malicious script.
As well as being European Cyber Security Month, October is also the time when jack-o’-lanterns begin appearing on doorsteps and children roam from street to street, demanding confectionary from people they’ve probably never met before. Yes, it’s Halloween. And when it’s Halloween, it’s time for a scary story or two. Or in this case, four scary stories. About cyber security.Read More »
If criminals can create their own reality, how can they be stopped?
Deepfakes, realistic counterfeit videos created by artificial intelligence, are being posted online in ever greater numbers, says a new report. In the last year, there has been a 100% increase in deepfakes on the web, and while the vast majority (96%) of them are pornographic in nature, this technology also poses a major security risk for businesses – because as deepfakes improve, their effectiveness as a means to commit fraud also gets better.Read More »
Some of the best things in life really are free.
Cyber security, like any form of security, often involves spending money. If, for example, you want CCTV, locks on your doors and a burglar alarm for your business premises, then you’ll have to pay for them. You can expect the same if you want anti-virus, a firewall and a backup system for your IT.
But there are some cyber security measures that cost nothing at all. These are simple actions that can make a real difference to your safety, without affecting your budget. Can they replace cyber security technology? No, but they can complement it and give your organisation an extra layer or protection.Read More »
Almost everything you do on your phone could be accessed by hackers.
When we use our mobile phones, we do so with the expectation of privacy. Whether we’re making a call, sending a text or browsing the web, we assume we have full control over who can see or hear what we’re doing. But the reality is that someone could be listening in and you might never know.Read More »