Do the crime but never do the time.
The idea of good conquering evil is a staple of Western fiction, from novels and plays to movies and TV shows. In the vast majority of cases, you know the hero of the story is going to win in the end, because that's how it's meant to be. It's a nice thought, but in reality, that’s not the case at all: criminals nearly always get away with it – and nowhere is that more evident than with cybercrime. Although the authorities have succeeded in capturing hackers in the past, the vast majority of cybercriminals never face any consequences for their actions. What makes it so difficult to catch them?Read More »
Humans are simply too unreliable.
There are two golden rules when it comes to passwords. Keep them strong, and don’t reuse them. It’s simple, straightforward advice, and it can make a real difference to the security of user accounts. Yet far too often people fail to follow this guidance, leaving themselves and their employers vulnerable to serious security breaches. Bearing this in mind, it’s becoming increasingly clear that businesses can no longer rely on passwords alone to keep their data safe.Read More »
Successful cyber security means keeping up with – or, better yet, staying ahead of – the people who want to do you harm. Knowledge has always been power, but in today's digital economy, knowing exactly what you're up against and being able to talk about it accurately gives you a real advantage. You don't need to know everything, since a good managed IT service provider will take care of the down-and-dirty work, but a basic understanding of some of the common terms is an advantage.Read More »
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 »