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December 2015

The European Agency for Network and Information Security (Enisa) estimates that cybercrime costs the European community between £188billion and £246billion per year. In light of this, MEPs, alongside ministers from 28 EU countries have agreed the initial proposals that will result in the formation of the Network and Security Information directive.Read More

With high-profile hacks, such as those on Wetherspoon, VTech and Talk Talk, hitting the headlines, the timeframe between incident identification and public disclosure has become a topic of debate within the industry. However, what’s also been highlighted is the need for companies to implement more effective security measures, with the focus being on identifying hackers’ activities before they become security breaches. In the face of an alert, swift intervention is vital to minimise exposure to malicious software and curb the potential for damage.Read More

The majority of the news surrounding cybercrime has focussed on large, multi-national companies. However, the news that hackers have stolen the personal details of over 656,000 customer-details from the pub chain, JD Weatherspoon, highlights the fact that hackers target UK businesses, just as much as those anywhere else in the world.Read More

Under UK law, a business that has suffered a personal data breach must report the incident to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), within 24 hours. A personal data breach is stipulated as “a breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to personal data transmitted, stored or otherwise processed in connection with the provision of a public electronic communications service.” While that much is clear, the actual process of disclosing the event to the public is far muddier.Read More

Taking the right steps to protect your business against the prevailing threat of online crime has now become a crucial aspect of business in the 21st Century. However, there are a number of misconceptions and myths surrounding cybersecurity. Belief in these fallacies can lead to poor cyber-defences and, in turn, leave your business vulnerable to attack. We look at the top three most common myths about cybersecurity.Read More

Only a few days after VTech announced that it had been the victim of hackers, the United Arab Emirates Bank (UAE) has revealed that it too has been targeted. However, what singles this case out is the use of an emerging form of malware; one that could significantly increase the cost of a security breach to businesses of any size.Read More

While security breaches at high-profile companies, such as VTech, Ashley Madison and Sony Pictures have taken the media limelight, government-commissioned research by PWC has found that these are just the tip of the iceberg. The report found that, in the past year alone, 74% of SMEs had reported a cyberattack of some description, with each breach costing between £75,000 and £310,800. Read More

The watchwords for 2015 have been ‘data breach’. With more and more high-profile companies and businesses, such as Ashley Maddison, UAE Bank and Sony Pictures falling foul of cybercriminals, even business-owners without any technical understanding have come to realise that online security isn’t a one-off, but a constant. Read More