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Risk identification – A crucial first step to improved cyber security

Cyber security is a constantly evolving field with no easy quick fix.  News headlines attest to the fact that big businesses are far from infallible, however as multinationals put more resources into security and breach prevention, cyber criminals are increasingly diverting their activity towards the mid-sized enterprise as a softer target. So, as a business … Continued

IT Managed Services
6 BIG reasons why you should outsource SolarWinds management

In today’s hyper-connected, mobile-enabled ‘digital economy’, every business now expects (and demands) more (and more) from already stretched IT resources – driving forward new business initiatives and IT transformation projects, while ensuring IT systems remain available and secure – 24/7. Users and businesses have come to expect IT to just ‘work’, so if you’re constantly … Continued

Cyber Security
10 reasons why security is moving to the cloud

Cloud computing is quickly changing enterprise IT with applications like Salesforce and Office 365, which are improving productivity, reducing costs, and making management more… manageable. Now, organisations are discovering that those same advantages can be achieved by migrating security to the cloud. Organisations understand that protecting users with a consistent and enforceable policy requires much … Continued

Cyber Security
Real Life Cyber Stories: Data Theft [Video #2] – ‘The Inside Job’

#2 “The Inside Job” Financial services company face an internal data theft. Protecting yourself from inside threats is difficult to predict and hard to identify.  Insider data theft may be due to a malicious employee taking or selling your corporate data or simply making an unintentional mistake.  These breaches are significant enough to make front page … Continued

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[VIDEO] Real Life Cyber Crime – Story #1 ‘The Ransomware Heist’

#1 “The Ransomware Heist” UK mid-sized law firm hit by ransomware attack, £2 million ransom paid. Previously thought of as a mass market attack, there’s been a significant shift towards more targeted ransomware attacks where cyber criminals invest time to stake out victims and identify business-critical files making the legal sector a highly attractive target due … Continued

Cyber Security
Phishing Statistics 2019 – The Shocking Truth

Many organisations saw a shocking increase in social engineering throughout 2018, phishing attacks in particular. Come 2019, cyber criminals have upped their game and according to new research, cyber criminals will continue to target end users. They are increasingly turning to social engineering attacks that exploit the human attack surface to destroy safeguards and gain … Continued

IT Managed Services
Calculating the cost of network downtime – What’s the cost?

A primary function of the majority of businesses is to maximise revenue, while keeping associated running under control. Today – for the majority of major businesses – IT services are no longer a “required” support function, but a critical business driver, instrumental to growth and business success. In our digitally enhanced world, understanding the impact … Continued

Cyber Security
Significant threat from targeted ransomware attack, warns NCSC

In a recent advisory, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) highlighted a significant trend towards more targeted ransomware attacks, where attackers invest time to stake out victims, identify business-critical files and systems and even wipe out back-ups so the high-stakes ransom demand must be paid. The NCSC noted, attackers have previously concentrated on bulk attacks, … Continued

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INFOGRAPHIC: Cyber Essentials vs Cyber Essentials PLUS: What’s the difference?

In order to adopt good practices in information security, the UK government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills released a government-endorsed scheme called Cyber Essentials in 2014. Cyber Essentials was developed in collaboration with industry partners such as the Information Security Forum, the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises Consortium, and the British Standards … Continued

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Threat Intel May 2019: Microsoft urges Windows users to patch critical update now

May 2019 Threat Intelligence (CRITICAL ALERT) Microsoft’s May 2019 Patch Tuesday includes updates to fix a massive 79 vulnerabilities, 22 of which are rated “critical”, in addition to 55 “important” updates. Of particular note, Microsoft has taken the extraordinary step of releasing a security patch (CVE-2019-0708) which includes versions for Windows XP, to avoid another … Continued