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REvil retreat?

You may recall in June we speculated that ransomware would be on President Biden’s agenda when he met President Putin in Geneva. We suggested that ‘the Biden administration is likely to use the opportunity to put further pressure on the Russian government to assist in closing down the criminal networks benefitting from ransomware attacks’

Cybercrime’s oldest profession

In the summer of 2015, a hacker group called Impact Team decided to take down Ashley Madison (owned at the time by Toronto based company, Avid Life Media) and expose their lax security. Ashley Madison’s high-profile CIO had been proclaiming that the site had amazing security because, as he put it, “It’s not lipstick on our collars anymore getting us caught, it’s digital lipstick; voicemails, text messages [etc.]”.

How is AI Changing the Cyber Security Game?

For decades we have used heuristic methods for analysing data, looking for pre-programed patterns through Boolean based logic: AND, OR and IF. This logic has been critical in automating simple and repetitive tasks usually prone to human error. However, this programmatic approach cannot meet the defence requirements for the current cyber threat.

Director GCHQ Jeremy Fleming delivers Vincent Briscoe Annual Security Lecture

GCHQ Director Jeremy Fleming emphasises the importance of the Integrated Review and its recommendations in the Vincent Briscoe Annual Security Lecture.

RUSI report: The UK’s Response to Cyber Fraud – a Strategic Vision

RUSI has published its report on the UK and cyber fraud this month. It makes stark reading. Too often referred to as a ‘victimless crime’, cyber fraud is nothing of the kind. It does untold psychological harm to its victims, many of whom are also left destitute or robbed of their life savings.

US Lawmakers Praise Cyber Appointments as President Biden Seeks to Increase Cyber Funding

It has been an important week for Cyber Security in the United States with several key announcements from President Biden and his administration on funding and appointments as well as a response to the Solar Winds attack.

Biden Announces Sanctions for Russia Citing Recent Cyber Attacks

The news of US sanctions on Russia has made headlines around the world with President Biden’s remarks on Russia firmly attributing the extensive “SolarWinds” hack on the US Government to Russia.

GDPR is Three Years Old!

You don’t need to celebrate, just take stock, and look to the future. With all that’s changed in the world, the arrival of the third anniversary of the General Data Protection regulation may seem trivial, even irrelevant.

The Integrated Review 2021 and Cyber Security

It’s nearly a month since the UK Government released The Integrated Review 2021 detailing ‘the vision for the UK’s role in the world over the next decade’.

Bank of England underlines the importance of cyber stress testing

The Bank of England’s financial policy committee recently underlined the importance of cyber stress testing when assessing the operational resilience of financial services.

NCSC warns education sector of increasing cyber threat

The NCSC issued advice to the education sector at the end of last week on the growing threat from ransomware attacks targeting the sector.

Board meeting members discussion
Ransomware: What every board member needs to ask their IT security team

We are all aware that ransomware poses an operational, financial and reputational threat for organisations. At a time when the pandemic has meant that we are all far more digitally dependent, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of ransomware attacks and the range of sectors targeted.