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Anatomy of a cybercriminal gang: Better organised than the IT department in your business?

Cyber crime gang organisational structure revealed by NCSC The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) made the headlines when it launched its London HQ in February. It has the stated objective of using the best data, skills and capabilities to make the UK the safest place in the world to live and work online. The…

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Mimecast: Using a layered email security solution to help protect your business

Why the need for a layered approach to security? Securing business information with good network security practice is one of the most important topics in technology. Security threats are always present and ensuring your business is well protected is an ever attendant consideration. Layered security is best practice for securing information by using multiple network…

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Brexit and data protection: What does it mean for business?

Talk about Brexit gives way to action as Article 50 is invoked Once, many smaller businesses didn’t pay much attention to governance and compliance issues. Many thought they were really only of concern to large businesses. In recent years though, governance and compliance have grown in general importance to occupy an increasingly prominent position on the…

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Microsoft Office 365 data sovereignty: Where is my data?

The need for clarity and certainty about where your business data is In just about six years, Microsoft Office 365 has become one of the runaway success stories of the move towards online computing and cloud based applications. Essentially, for businesses of every size, it is the simplest and most cost effective way of having…

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At last! Some good IT security news for business as National Cyber Security Centre officially opens

“…safest place in the world to live and work online…” February 14 saw the official opening of the UKs National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), by Her Majesty The Queen. The National Cyber Security Centre is part of GCHQ, the intelligence gathering arm of the UKs security services. The Government has set out some big and…

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7 point check: Planning Xmas and New Year IT housekeeping and review activities

­­ A great time for an annual systems review and catch-up on admin… Early December… and businesses everywhere are geared up to get the jobs and projects scheduled for delivery this side of the festive season out of the door on time. This year, for many smaller, expanding and mid-sized businesses, the working days between…

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Security issues continuing to dominate tech news

Get ready for Fraud Thursday! Late November… Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Fraud Thursday… The run in to Christmas is well under way. With huge volumes of cash moving about through e-commerce and card transactions it’s little wonder that cyber criminals are having a field day, causing security issues to dominate the tech news. Tesco…

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Cybercrime: Large organisations targeted but smaller, expanding and mid-sized firms cannot be complacent

­­ UKs institutions and public bodies under attack At the beginning of August in the blog ‘Ransomware update: Threat only increasing with extortion hitting $1 billion in 2016’, we highlighted the growing threat of this type of cyber-criminal activity. In the article we noted how the nature of the threat was changing. A scatter-gun approach,…

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Ransomware attack: Recovery after falling victim

Paying unlikely to be an option as cybercriminals refine strategy Ransomware is a form of cybercrime that has been around for a number of years; however, the threat level is increasing and there are signs that the cybercriminals’ strategy is becoming more refined. In year-on-year figures for 2014-15 and 2015-16 from IT security experts Kaspersky,…

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Ransomware attack: Prevention is better than cure

UK companies being targeted or have poorer IT security Ransomware is a lucrative cybercriminal enterprise. Although there is much awareness, it poses a significant risk to businesses. According to figures from the FBI based on Q1/2016 statistics, cybercriminals are set to extort $1bn globally this year. Many have tightened up IT security practice. However, the…

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