Tag Archives: cyber security

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

Trend Micro Partnership Helps UK Photo Students Snap up New Opportunities

by Frank Schwittay

At Trend Micro, it’s our core mission to make the world a safer place in which to exchange digital information. In fact, we’ve been protecting consumers, governments, enterprises and SMBs from cyber threats for well over 26 years now. But as a company founded with a keen sense of social responsibility, that’s not all we do. From the top down, we encourage all our employees to engage with their wider communities and wherever possible we reach out to local businesses, charities, educational institutions and the like to see where we can help out.

One project we’re delighted to be repeating for the second year in a row is our partnership with City of Westminster College. Next week, students will be presenting a photography exhibition themed around data protection, so if you’re in the area we’d love you to come down and take a look at the fruits of their labour. Continue reading

Trend Micro and the NCA: Sending a Clear Message to Cybercriminals

by Raimund Genes

If you’re a keen follower of all things cyber security then you could be forgiven for thinking we should all probably just pack up and go home because cybercriminals seem to be winning. Thankfully things aren’t as bad as some of the more sensationalist headlines make out. In fact, some initiatives – like our partnership with the National Crime Agency – are starting to see real results.

As a direct result of our joint work with the agency following the Memorandum of Understanding we signed in July, two people have been arrested on suspicion of cybercrime activities. We hope this is just the start and encourage other industry stakeholders to reach out to law enforcement so we can begin to turn the tide. 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