UK police forces have spent more than £1.3m on cybercrime training over the past three years, according to a new thinktank report. This is great to see, especially considering the escalating threat to consumers and businesses as the nation and its economy become increasingly dependent on digital systems.
But as cybercrime soars while public funding shrinks, law enforcers also need to make the most of private sector partnerships, like the ground-breaking alliance Trend Micro has forged over recent years with the country’s pre-eminent crime agency. Continue reading →
All over the UK people woke up this morning to something many thought would not happen: Britain voting to leave the European Union. It will take years and possibly even decades before we fully appreciate the repercussions. But from a data protection and privacy perspective, little in reality will change. The UK can’t afford to let its digital economy be locked out of Europe, which is why the government is likely to enforce laws on a par with the forthcoming European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The message is clear for UK IT security bosses: stay on the path towards GDPR compliance. Continue reading →
The Internet of Things has the potential to transform the way we live and work. A network not just of mobile phones, PCs and laptops but billions of connected smart devices – from fridge-freezers to kettles, cars and medical devices. But this potential will never be realised unless manufacturers are able to respond to consumer privacy and security concerns around this next flowering of the internet. Continue reading →
One of the curious side effects of working in the information security industry for any length of time is that, after a while, the same stories start coming round again and again. So it was last week when the government admitted that two discs full of data related to three highly sensitive police inquiries had got lost in the post. For those with long memories, the echoes of 2007 – when the personal details of 25 million Britons went missing in similar circumstances – are telling. So let’s remind ourselves again of the importance of good data handling practice and what we should all be doing to minimise the risk of a damaging breach. Continue reading →