With all the hype surrounding WannaCry over the past week, it’s easy to forget that organisations are facing a far broader range of threats than ransomware. Targeted attacks on critical infrastructure, particularly SCADA systems, have been on the radar since Stuxnet, but as the attacks on the Ukrainian power grid have shown, they’re still a major cause for concern.
That’s why Trend Micro compiled its latest report, Hacker Machine Interface, focusing specifically on the Human Machine Interface (HMI) displays present in most SCADA set-ups. Unfortunately, we found that a lot more needs to be done to architect more secure systems and to ensure patches are produced and applied swiftly. Continue reading →
The UK’s IT leaders are facing an unprecedented and unenviable set of security challenges today. Threats could come from anywhere in the world, and any source – be it financially motivated cybercrime gangs, determined state sponsored operatives or ‘lone wolf’ hacktivists. People and process are of course an important part of the fightback. But so too is having the right technology to hand to keep today’s huge range of threats at bay.
The hacking of the Democratic National Committee by possible Russian state operatives may have dominated the news cycle over the past week or two. But the reality is that organisations of all size and in every sector are at risk from advanced malware. And there’s certainly no company out there that is completely safe from ransomware. Luckily the tools do exist to mitigate these risks, but how do you cut through the marketing hype to find the right ones?
This week, Europol launched No More Ransom – a new initiative designed to slow down the huge rise in ransomware we’ve seen over the past year. In the US, meanwhile, Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned her position as more damaging private emails from DNC members surfaced online. Hillary Clinton’s camp has even gone as far as to accuse Russian spies of the hack.
These are just two major stories from the past few days which remind us that when it comes to cyber security, we’re facing an unprecedented set of challenges. That’s why the theme of this year’s CLOUDSEC London show in September is “Take Control”. We’ve already got a fantastic line-up of some of the industry’s biggest names to help you do just that – so book your place today. Continue reading →