A new government report out this week has warned that, while FTSE 350 boards are coming to appreciate the importance of cybersecurity, few comprehensively understand business critical data and systems, and the impact that attacks could have. This is important because, partly as a result of these awareness gaps, less than half of the UK’s biggest businesses (46%) have a dedicated budget for cybersecurity.
This makes it more important than ever for IT leaders to direct spending to the parts of the business most in need. According to the findings of a new Trend Micro report also out this week, that should include mobile security. Continue reading →
So far, 2019 is looking very similar to last year. We’re only a month into the new year and already the headlines have been filled with news of data breaches, privacy leaks and credential stuffing attacks. And all this as GDPR regulators begin to flex their muscles by levying financial penalties. To stay clear of regulatory trouble and minimise cyber risk, IT teams should remember the best practice basics and layer up multiple connected threat defence tools. Continue reading →
Last week Facebook and Google hit the headlines yet again for the wrong reasons after they were found to have bypassed Apple’s strict approvals process to distribute data harvesting apps to users. In Facebook’s case, the firm paid users as young as 13 in return for downloading the market research app. Critics claim it was less than open about the privacy-invading purposes of the app, and that its parental consent ‘checks’ could be easily faked.
It has all served as a timely reminder of the privacy and security risks families are exposed to on a regular basis today, as we celebrate Safer Internet Day (SID) around the world tomorrow, on the 5th February. Continue reading →
Last week, hundreds of German celebrities, politicians and others were hit by what has been described as the biggest data leak of its kind in the country’s history. It has since emerged this week that a 20-year-old living with his parents has confessed to the authorities, claiming he acted alone. If nothing else, it should remind IT security bosses in the UK of the persistent threat from hacktivists, and the need to double down on best practice cybersecurity in 2019. Continue reading →