In this age of information, cyber breaches in businesses are as impactful, if not worse, than physical break-ins. According to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018, over 40% of businesses in the UK have been compromised at one point in their lifetime. Organisations should, therefore, prioritise measures that shield them against such attacks.Read More »
Unauthorised access to business information can be disastrous, with effects ranging from loss or corruption of sensitive data to the exposure of customer data to people with malicious intent. Hackers are always coming up with new techniques to breach individual and organisational security. However, most cyberattacks are opportunistic and unsophisticated, using basic techniques to exploit glaring vulnerabilities. A strong password is enough to stop many would-be cyberattacks and garden variety hackers in their tracks.
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 »
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 »
All change for the government's security certification programme.
Earlier this year, the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) announced that changes were coming to the Cyber Essentials scheme, one of which would be to reduce the number of accreditation bodies, from five down to one. The result of the competition has now been revealed, with the IASME Consortium set to take charge of Cyber Essentials from 1st April 2020.Read More »
Can you protect your business from invisible threats?
With cyber security, it’s generally true that the less that seems to be happening, the better. Sure, you can check in the security logs to see what your defences have been up to, and you can set up alerts to inform you when an attack has been halted. But if everything is quiet, then disaster hasn’t yet struck, and that can only be a good thing – at least that’s what you might think.Read More »
Maintaining your defences is as important as setting them up to begin with.Read More »
Government responds to consultation results.
Five years on from its initial inception, the government-run security scheme Cyber Essentials is changing. By April 2020, a new model is expected to be in place, with more changes set to follow.
The biggest difference with the new version of the scheme is that there will only be one Accreditation Body. Currently, there are five Accreditation Bodies, each of which operates in a slightly different way, using its own network of Certification Bodies (such as TMB Group). Based on consultation with organisations and individuals in a wide range of industries, it became apparent that having multiple Accreditation Bodies was too complicated.Read More »