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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

Sharing the latest in Global Threat Trends with CLOUDSEC

by Ross Baker

Over the past quarter of a century and more Trend Micro has been protecting individuals and organisations around the world from everything the black hats can throw at us. Over that time we’ve come to appreciate that the value we bring is not just in our global threat analyst teams; our award-winning products for endpoint, virtual, cloud and physical security; or our pioneering Smart Protection Network. It’s also in the alliances we form – from law enforcement to academia, to our peers in the security research community.

That’s why we’ve been hosting the CLOUDSEC security conference since 2011. It’s an event that brings together some of cyber security’s foremost practitioners and speakers to share best practices, and the latest industry trends. For the first time ever, it’s coming to London on the 17th September.

Threats, threats, threats
CLOUDSEC covers many of the hottest topics in cyber security today, including targeted attacks, data protection and privacy; Internet of Everything; cloud and virtual security; and critical national infrastructure threats. But cyber security is nothing without context, so attention is always paid to make sessions as relevant as possible.

Even just a cursory look at the IT security headlines over the past week or two will show you why CLOUDSEC is as relevant today as it was four years ago. There have been reports of major vulnerabilities in so-called “smart watches” – potentially increasing the cyber risk surface for organisations already struggling to manage BYOD. Then there was a damaging cyber attack against the US Census Bureau, for which activist group Anonymous claimed responsibility.

But perhaps the most widely reported breach of recent weeks was that hitting the parent company of infidelity site Ashley Madison. Reports are still emerging as to what happened, but attackers The Impact Group claim they have access to highly sensitive data on 37 million customers globally. If nothing else, the incident can tell us much about the limits of online data privacy in the 21st century, and the level of risk facing online businesses which store customer data.

What to expect
In fact, Communicating Cyber Risk to the Business is one of the sessions slated for CLOUDSEC in London in September, along with other presentations on cyber activism, organised crime, incident response and the Internet of Everything.

Expect a raft of world-renowned experts including Andy Archibald, head of the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit; PwC Legal’s global head of cyber security and data protection, Stewart Room; and FBI cyber task force supervisory special agent, Timothy Wallach. Also on hand, of course, will be our very own Trend Micro CTO Raimund Genes, and VP security research, Rik Ferguson.

We all know cyber security is a never-ending learning curve for IT professionals – so if you’re nearby on Thursday, 17 September, come down to CLOUDSEC in London to take another step on that journey.

More info: http://www.cloudsec.com/uk
Twitter: Follow @TrendMicroUK #CLOUDSEC2015

 

 

Internet of Things: a New Front in the Battle Against Targeted Attacks

by Bharat Mistry

The Internet of Things promises to transform the way we live and work. Billions of smart, internet-connected devices will make us more productive, happier and even healthier. But there are risks. For enterprise IT managers and employees alike, there’s a real danger that the commercial pressure to release to market IoT products and platforms will override all other considerations, leading to major privacy and security gaps.

Those concerns are no longer theoretical as a new piece of research showed last week. It should provide serious food for thought for IoT players, end users and IT bosses. Continue reading