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CLOUDSEC 2017: Game of Thrones Hack Tells Us IP Theft is Still a Major Risk

by Ross Dyer

It’s difficult to even discuss data breaches today without referencing the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). With less than a year to go, it is a major area of focus for UK IT leaders keen to avoid mandatory breach notifications and potentially astronomical fines. Yet breaches aren’t all about the customer data governed by the GDPR, as HBO found out this week. Hackers have reportedly made off with 1.5TB of data from the US TV network, uploading a script from an upcoming Game of Thrones episode and two full episodes.

It’s a good example of why IP theft-related risk should be just as big a driver of improving cybersecurity as attacks targeting customer data. Fortunately, attendees at this year’s much anticipated CLOUDSEC event will have some great learning opportunities designed to help them bolster defences against just such attacks. Continue reading

Leading Law Enforcers Set to Speak at CLOUDSEC 2017 Following Major Darknet Takedowns

by Bharat Mistry

Cybercrime remains largely unique: it is without borders and offers perpetrators a great degree of anonymity, meaning most escape justice. But that’s changing, as some excellent policing work in recent days has shown. The takedown of two of the world’s biggest darknet marketplaces, AlphaBay and Hansa, illustrated what can be achieved when law enforcers work effectively with each other across borders.

Yet despite these successes, cross-border collaboration and public-private sector initiatives are still relatively new. That’s why we’ve invited representatives from the FBI, GCHQ, and Interpol to share their experiences at Trend Micro’s upcoming CLOUDSEC 2017 conference in September. Continue reading

Trend Micro’s TECHDAY a Hit as IT Leaders Tackle Challenge of User Education

by Bharat Mistry

We all know the job of the under-pressure IT boss is getting harder by the day. And as recent revelations from WikiLeaks have shown us, it’s not being made any easier by those institutions nominally designed to keep us safe. With the likes of the CIA allegedly actively developing exploits, the threat landscape is certainly broader and more complex than it has ever been, and that makes mitigating information security risk all the more challenging. That’s why Trend Micro runs events like yesterday’s TECHDAY. They offer a great opportunity for IT practitioners to learn from some of the leading figures in the industry, as well as network with their peers.

Interestingly, some of the key take-aways for Trend Micro after the event were the number of attendees who ranked user education as their top challenge for the year ahead. Continue reading

FBI Ransomware Warning Should Be a Wake-up Call for UK CISOs

by Simon Edwards

Late last week the FBI was forced to make yet another public service announcement on the growing ransomware epidemic. In it, the Bureau pleaded with businesses to report infections, so that the authorities can get a better idea of the scale of the problem they’re facing. It also warned that cybercriminals are increasingly targeting business servers in the hope of infecting more machines and extracting a greater ransom from their victims.

This tells us two things: that the authorities still haven’t got a handle on the problem facing citizens and businesses, and that organisations are failing to put in place layered security to lock down risk across multiple threat vectors. We address both in a new report out this week. Continue reading