Category Archives: Online fraud

As UK Police Cyber Spending Soars, Let’s Not Forget the Value of Public-Private Partnerships

by Bharat Mistry

UK police forces have spent more than £1.3m on cybercrime training over the past three years, according to a new thinktank report. This is great to see, especially considering the escalating threat to consumers and businesses as the nation and its economy become increasingly dependent on digital systems.

But as cybercrime soars while public funding shrinks, law enforcers also need to make the most of private sector partnerships, like the ground-breaking alliance Trend Micro has forged over recent years with the country’s pre-eminent crime agency. Continue reading

Making the Internet a Better Place on Safer Internet Day

by Ross Baker

In a little under a generation, the internet has transformed the way we live and work forever. It’s enabled us all to become happier, healthier, more sociable and productive people. But as with everything, there’s a flip side. The online world has also given rise to cyberbullies, trolls, hackers and more. That’s why we need to continue fighting the good fight with industry-leading threat prevention.

But it’s also why we need initiatives like Safer Internet Day (SID), to help the most vulnerable in society stay safe online. Trend Micro is proud to be an official supporter yet again this year, as SID lands today, Tuesday 7th of February with the theme is ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’.  Continue reading

IA15: Debating the Future of UK Government Security with GCHQ

by Raimund Genes

Nowhere in the UK does technology have the potential to positively affect more people’s lives than in the government sector. Digital transformation not only offers the prospect of making government more efficient – so more tax revenue can be ploughed into improving service quality – but it can ensure all members of society have access to the services they’re entitled to. But there are also dangers. Government is one of the most frequently targeted industries when it comes to cyber attacks, so those manning IT security in its various departments and agencies need to be on top of their game.

That’s why we have conferences like IA15 next week (9th-10th November) – the government’s flagship annual information assurance and cyber security event. I’ll be taking part in London next week to discuss how the security industry can keep pace with the ever growing cyber threat. Continue reading

Why SMBs Need to Start Thinking About Cyber Security… Now!

by Bharat Mistry

Small and medium-sized businesses are far more important to UK PLC than many people think. The CBI claims that they account for 99.9% of the private sector and provide 60% of jobs in the sector. And the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) claims the combined annual turnover of SMEs was £1.6 trillion as of last year, 47% of the total private sector. This makes them an attractive target for cybercriminals, yet many fail to take adequate precautions to secure their IT systems and customer data.

As a trusted advisor to UK small businesses, we recently commissioned research into attitudes towards cyber security. The findings will be an eye-opener for any SME owner who thinks their business too small and insignificant to be targeted by cybercriminals. Join the conversation this week during Small Business Advice Week and follow #SBAW for the latest updates. Continue reading