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More cyber security training needed for employees

More cyber security training needed for employees

News   •   Jul 08, 2016 10:33 BST

You wouldn't invest in security for your home and then leave the key to the front door under the welcome mat and the alarm code written on a post-it note next to the control panel. Yet this is effectively how some people treat their IT security. More than half of UK office workers say their employers have provided no cyber security awareness training leaving organizations vulnerable.

​Small businesses unfairly carrying the cost of cyber crime

​Small businesses unfairly carrying the cost of cyber crime

News   •   Jun 17, 2016 17:13 BST

Small businesses are unfairly carrying the cost of cyber crime in an increasingly vulnerable digital economy, according to a new report by the Federation of Small Businesses, with firms collectively attacked seven million times per year, costing the UK economy an estimated £5.26 billion.

Small businesses leaving themselves vulnerable to cyber crime

Small businesses leaving themselves vulnerable to cyber crime

News   •   Jun 16, 2016 11:11 BST

Small businesses are leaving themselves open to potential threats with only 20% considering cyber security as a top business priority. This is according to new research by Barclaycard, which also found that 10% had never invested in improving the security of their website, putting them at risk from cyber crime.

Britain’s businesses urged to better protect themselves from cyber criminals

Britain’s businesses urged to better protect themselves from cyber criminals

News   •   May 13, 2016 08:41 BST

Britain’s businesses are being urged to better protect themselves from cyber criminals after research by the UK government into cyber security found two thirds of large businesses experienced a cyber breach or attack in the past year.

Don't be held to ransom

Don't be held to ransom

News   •   Mar 18, 2016 10:56 GMT

​The threat of ransomware is rapidly growing with 43% of IT consultants in a survey by ​Intermedia reporting they have had customers fall victim to an attack. 48% saw an increase in ransomware related support inquiries and 59% of respondents expect the number of attacks to increase this year.

Digital business requires digital business continuity

Digital business requires digital business continuity

News   •   Mar 03, 2016 15:17 GMT

In the latest edition of the Business Continuity Institute's Working Paper Series, Rudy Muls MBCI draws from his extensive experience to relate cyber resilience to its implications on business continuity practice. He further demonstrates possible opportunities for business continuity professionals to collaborate with their information security counterparts.

The increasing likelihood of a data breach

The increasing likelihood of a data breach

News   •   Feb 11, 2016 17:01 GMT

How likely are you to suffer an unwanted intrusion within your IT systems? The majority of business decision makers admit their organization will suffer an information security breach, and that the cost of recovery could start from around $1 million. This is according to a new report by NTT Com Security.

​Flipping the economics of attacks

​Flipping the economics of attacks

News   •   Feb 02, 2016 16:18 GMT

The costs of a cyber attack may not be as high as first thought, according to new study by the Ponemon Institute carried out on behalf of Palo Alto Networks which found that the average hacker makes only $15,000 on average per attack and generates an income of less than $29,000 per year, a quarter of what a cyber security professional could make during the same period.

Small to medium sized businesses not prepared for a cyber attack

Small to medium sized businesses not prepared for a cyber attack

News   •   Dec 10, 2015 16:38 GMT

Small to medium sized businesses play a pivotal role in helping drive the economies of all the countries polled, but past experiences have taught them they face an uphill battle when it comes to cyber security,

The role of insurance in managing and mitigating the risk

The role of insurance in managing and mitigating the risk

News   •   Mar 25, 2015 15:23 GMT

With 81% of large UK businesses and 60% of small companies suffering a cyber security breach in the last year, a new report published by the ​UK Govern​ment and Marsh entitled UK Cyber Security: The Role of Insurance in Managing and Mitigating the Risk has highlighted the exposure of firms to cyber attacks among their suppliers.

CIOs worried about cyber attacks

CIOs worried about cyber attacks

News   •   Feb 25, 2015 16:29 GMT

​What worries chief information officers (CIOs) and IT professionals the most? According to a recent survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services, security, downtime and talent acquisition weigh heaviest on their minds.

Cyber attack the top threat according to business continuity professionals

Cyber attack the top threat according to business continuity professionals

News   •   Feb 17, 2015 12:03 GMT

​Cyber-attack is the top threat perceived by businesses, according to the fourth annual Horizon Scan report published today by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), in association with BSI. Supply chain disruption is reported as the fastest rising threat, up 11 places since last year.

DDoS attacks proving costly for businesses

DDoS attacks proving costly for businesses

News   •   Feb 03, 2015 10:00 GMT

​According to a study conducted by ​Kaspersky Lab and ​B2B International, a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on a company’s online resources might cause considerable losses – with average figures ranging from $52,000 to $444,000 depending on the size of the company.

The inevitability of a cyber attack

The inevitability of a cyber attack

News   •   Jan 26, 2015 13:45 GMT

Research published by ISACA has shown that close to half (46%) of respondents to a global survey of IT professionals expect their organization to face a cyber attack in 2015 and 83% believe cyber attacks are one of the top three threats facing organizations today. Despite this, 86% say there is a global shortage of skilled cyber security professionals.

48% increase in number of detected cyber security incidents

48% increase in number of detected cyber security incidents

News   •   Jan 13, 2015 14:10 GMT

It may not come as a surprise that cyber security incidents are on the rise. Open any newspaper today and you will no doubt come across yet another article highlighting some organization that has become the latest victim of a breach in online security.

Are UK businesses sleepwalking into reputational time bomb?

Are UK businesses sleepwalking into reputational time bomb?

News   •   Dec 04, 2014 12:14 GMT

​Businesses in the UK are at risk of sleepwalking into a reputational time bomb due to a lack of awareness on how to protect their data assets, according to new research by ​BSI. As cyber hackers become more complex and sophisticated in their methods, UK organizations are being urged to strengthen their security systems to protect both themselves and consumers.

Distributed denial of service attacks on the increase

Distributed denial of service attacks on the increase

News   •   Jul 24, 2014 09:11 BST

A recently published report by Prolexic on distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks has shown that, compared to this time last year, the number of attacks has increased by 22% and the average attack bandwidth has increased by 72%. The average peak bandwidth has increased by a staggering 241%.

Disruptive cyber attacks a growing concern for UK organizations

Disruptive cyber attacks a growing concern for UK organizations

News   •   Jul 02, 2014 15:54 BST

Read, watch or listen to any news source these days and it won’t be long before you come across a story about another organization that has suffered the consequences of a cyber attack. Technology to prevent such attacks are becoming more and more sophisticated, but so are the attackers.

Breach on the beach: the danger of taking your smartphone on holiday

Breach on the beach: the danger of taking your smartphone on holiday

News   •   Jun 27, 2014 10:47 BST

It's not uncommon for people to take their smartphone, tablet computer or even their laptop with them whenever they go on holiday, but are they putting their organizations at greater risk of a cyber attack by using unsecured wi-fi networks to check their emails or do other work? That is the conclusion according to new research carried out on behalf of Sourcefire.