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The reputational damage of fake news

The reputational damage of fake news

News   •   May 31, 2017 17:08 BST

Fake news may not be a new concept, but it is becoming a big issue at the moment with people being warned to treat with caution what they read on the internet. Many outlets are deliberately pushing out fake stories in order discredit another individual or organization, or to gain attention and attract more advertising revenue.

Most people are ill-equipped to deal with ransomware

Most people are ill-equipped to deal with ransomware

News   •   May 19, 2017 12:05 BST

Last week's ransomware attack, which affected 200,000 computer systems in 150 countries and crippled hospitals across the United Kingdom, is a frightening reminder of how much damage can be done by this type of malicious cyber attack. However, a new survey reveals that most people are ill equipped to deal with such an attack.

Building resilience by improving cyber security

Building resilience by improving cyber security

News   •   May 17, 2017 17:00 BST

In a new paper published by the Business Continuity Institute – Building resilience by improving cyber security – it is revealed that several activities which many of us perform out of habit could be making our organizations more vulnerable to the cyber threat, and identifies six simple steps that each of us can take to help improve security.

Small businesses compromising on cyber security

Small businesses compromising on cyber security

News   •   May 11, 2017 19:46 BST

More than two-thirds (70%) of IT managers at small and medium sized enterprises say budget considerations have forced them to compromise on security features when purchasing endpoint security, according to a survey by ​VIPRE.

Insider and third-party access rank as top cyber threats

Insider and third-party access rank as top cyber threats

News   •   May 10, 2017 11:05 BST

Despite rising awareness of the threats posed by users with privileged access permissions, most organizations still allow a myriad of internal and external parties to access their most valuable systems and data. Many are placing trust in both employees and third parties without a proven means of managing, controlling, and monitoring the access they have to critical systems and networks.

Organizations worldwide fear non-compliance with GDPR could put them out of business

Organizations worldwide fear non-compliance with GDPR could put them out of business

News   •   May 05, 2017 12:38 BST

The vast majority of organizations worldwide (86%) are concerned that a failure to adhere to the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) could have a major negative impact on their business, according to a study by Veritas Technol​ogies. Nearly 20% said they fear that non-compliance could put them out of business.

Lax cyber security as workers blindly open email attachments

Lax cyber security as workers blindly open email attachments

News   •   May 04, 2017 16:53 BST

​Lax approaches to popular threats such as email attachments, and inadequate threat-awareness, poor work-practices and out-of-date technology, are exposing organizations to hacking, ransomware and zero-day attacks, says a report published by ​Glasswall Solutions.

Organizations leaving sensitive files accessible to all employees

Organizations leaving sensitive files accessible to all employees

News   •   Apr 28, 2017 10:42 BST

​There is an alarming level of exposure for corporate and sensitive files across organizations, including an average of 20% of folders per organization open to every employee, according to a new study conducted by ​Varonis.

Cyber espionage and ransomware attacks are on the increase

Cyber espionage and ransomware attacks are on the increase

News   •   Apr 27, 2017 11:12 BST

Cyber espionage is now the most common type of attack seen in manufacturing, the public sector and education, warns Verizon's latest Data Breach Investigations Report. Much of this is due to the high proliferation of propriety research, prototypes and confidential personal data, which are hot-ticket items for cyber criminals.

Cyber security is a ‘people problem’

Cyber security is a ‘people problem’

News   •   Apr 26, 2017 10:28 BST

Over 80% of security professionals identify ‘people’ as the industry’s biggest challenge, as opposed to technology and processes, according to the results of the second annual survey from the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP).

Cyber security put on the back burner

Cyber security put on the back burner

News   •   Apr 25, 2017 12:49 BST

A worrying number of UK businesses have no formal plan to protect them from cyber attack and there has been no improvement from a year ago, according to a study conducted jointly by the Institute of Directors and Barclays.

Employees too willing to share sensitive information

Employees too willing to share sensitive information

News   •   Apr 21, 2017 09:48 BST

Not only are many employees likely to share confidential information, but they are doing so without proper data security protocols in place or in mind, according to a new study by ​Dell. Today's workforce is caught between two imperatives: be productive and efficient on the job, and maintain the security of the organization's data.

Almost half of UK firms hit by cyber breach or attack in the past year

Almost half of UK firms hit by cyber breach or attack in the past year

News   •   Apr 19, 2017 16:22 BST

Businesses large and small are being urged to protect themselves against cyber crime after new Government statistics found nearly half of all UK businesses suffered a cyber breach or attack during the previous year.

SMEs underfunding cyber security

SMEs underfunding cyber security

News   •   Apr 13, 2017 10:46 BST

The vast majority of small to medium sized enterprises (86%) have less than a tenth of their total IT budget allocated to cyber security, while 75% have between zero and two IT security staff members, according to the results of a survey by EiQ Networks.

Win with Business Continuity Awareness Week

Win with Business Continuity Awareness Week

News   •   Apr 10, 2017 14:13 BST

Business Continuity Awareness Week is now only a little over a month away and we would really like you to get involved. To help incentivize you, this year we are launching two competitions, each one giving you the chance to win a £250 Amazon gift card.

How cyber resilient is your organization?

How cyber resilient is your organization?

News   •   Apr 03, 2017 17:05 BST

Cyber resilience has for a long time been a major issue for business continuity professionals, with the Business Continuity Institute's Horizon Scan Report routinely featuring digital threats such as cyber attacks and data breaches as the greatest concerns.

Identity fraud reaches record levels

Identity fraud reaches record levels

News   •   Mar 15, 2017 10:21 GMT

Identity fraud has hit the highest levels ever recorded with 172,919 identity frauds recorded in 2016, more than in any other previous year. The study by ​Cifas showed that identity fraud now represents over half of all fraud recorded (53.3%), of which 88% was perpetrated online.

Ransomware puts businesses at risk of immeasurable loss

Ransomware puts businesses at risk of immeasurable loss

News   •   Mar 07, 2017 16:43 GMT

The effects of ransomware attacks on organizations can cause unquantifiable financial cost and immeasurable data loss. Yet, despite this, there is a lack of awareness when it comes to being prepared. A study conducted by Timico and Datto found that two-thirds of UK businesses have no official ransomware policy to guide employees on what to do in the event of an attack.

Play your part in building a resilient organization

Play your part in building a resilient organization

News   •   Feb 23, 2017 15:57 GMT

The countdown has begun for Business Continuity Awareness Week (15th - 19th May 2017). We are only a few months away, and now we have published the posters that will be used to promote the week. The theme for BCAW this year is cyber security, and we have produced a series of six posters that all highlight an activity that each and every one of us can do in order to help improve cyber security.

DDoS attacks to become larger in scale, harder to mitigate and more frequent

DDoS attacks to become larger in scale, harder to mitigate and more frequent

News   •   Jan 30, 2017 11:29 GMT

​Over the past few years, the scale of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks has become steadily larger, and defences have grown commensurately. Cyber security has become a game of cat and mouse in which neither side has become too powerful, but this might be about to change. Deloitte predicts that in 2017, DDoS attacks will become larger in scale, harder to mitigate and more frequent.