Targeting hospitals? The lows that hackers stoop to…

By David Hald, chief strategy officer at CensorNet The morals of hackers sank to new lows last week, when three hospitals across the UK were targeted with ransomware in malicious cyber attacks. The upshot was that all operations, procedures and appointments were cancelled, affecting over 1000 patients. The hospitals’ computer systems control all aspects of […]

Why it’s time to ditch the password…

By David Hald, CSO of CensorNet Given that passwords are on the front line of defence in the security of corporates and individuals, it’s mind boggling how elementary some people’s passwords are. Some recent research by LeakedSource, delved into the frequency of use of LinkedIn’s 10 most pathetic passwords. Topping the list is “123456” with […]


The Department for Education’s statutory guidelines (“Keeping Children Safe in Education”) are now in force. For the first time the guidelines include the subject of the legal obligations on the school arising under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015. On this subject the statutory guidelines are explicit: “Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation […]

A CIO and an Entrepreneur walk into a bar…

One arbitrary Google search of ‘Shadow IT’ will instantly present a buffet of opinion; not to mention some of the most spurious marketing images in the history of the internet. That’s the trouble with the tech sector, a genuine issue arises and before you can say the words ‘Please. Just. Stop’; everyone (and I mean […]

CensorNet shortlisted for two Computing Security Awards

We’re delighted to say that we’ve been named a finalist in two categories at this year’s Computing Security Awards! The awards recognise the best security solutions, companies, resellers and individuals in the industry – and we’re in the running for Cloud Security Solution of the Year and SME Security Solution of the Year. What’s particularly […]

The NIST draft guidelines have ignited an interesting debate

By Claus Rosendal, CTO, CensorNet The recent NIST draft report has, we feel quite rightly, kicked off an interesting debate around the quality of SMS authentication. This is a discussion that has many nuances, so we wanted to help by trying to clarify a few things here. The initial idea for SMS authentication was sound. […]

Five ways your apps are putting you at risk – and what to do about it…

By Steph Locke, senior data scientist at CensorNet Businesses are lapping up mobile and cloud applications faster than iPads get snapped up at an Apple flash sale. Buoyed by seeing the impact applications have had on the lives of consumers, businesses are keen to benefit from the collaboration, flexibility and productivity boost applications bring. But […]

Behaving Badly

As any law-enforcement advisor will tell you, criminals succeed mainly because they understand the human psyche. Knowing how to manipulate somebody into leaving a backdoor open is still the ultimate weapon in any criminal’s arsenal. Cyber-crime is no exception. In fact, as criminal acts go that rely on ‘how we work’ it’s probably the market […]

Here phishy, phishy

The thing about well known phishing scams is they’ve essentially become industry comedy punchlines which also puts them in danger of being diluted as a meaningful and growing threat. If you even so much as mention to a colleague the Nigerian Prince offering you many many monies to leave the country, you will instantly engage […]