Coherence is the order of the day...

Coherence is the order of the day...

I’ve got a challenge for anyone visiting this week’s Infosec Show: Spend two hours here, and then try and sum it up in 20 seconds. I’m offering a prize for anyone that does a good job - just drop by our stand, give me your thoughts in 20 seconds and I’ll see what we’ve got in the goody bag. At the very least, I’ll buy you a coffee - I’d be interested to hear what you’re thinking. Sounds trite, rig...
The Heads Up: Shadow IT - Light Up The Dark Side

The Heads Up: Shadow IT - Light Up The Dark Side

Digital infrastructures can be both a curse and a blessing. They allow us to progress technically and positively influence the way in which we work, but can inevitably make organizations more vulnerable to cyber attacks and also make it increasingly difficult for IT teams to control. In the ‘digital jungle’, computers, laptops and private mobile devices (BYOD – bring your own device) are used to a...
Top Tips for Users to Keep Company Networks Safe

Top Tips for Users to Keep Company Networks Safe

As I’m sure you already know, Friday, 15 May, saw the beginning of a global ransomware attack, hitting hundreds of thousands of businesses around the world. Like most companies, we have taken stock of the situation and sent some simple instructions to our staff so that we can avoid becoming infected. We would like to share these with you, but before we do that, we cannot stress highly enough the i...
The Heads Up: Solving Ransomware with AV...the definition of insanity?

The Heads Up: Solving Ransomware with AV...the definition of insanity?

In the light of the recent global ransomware cyber attack, we felt it appropriate to repost this blog for your information. The original post was dated 18 April, 2017. The speed at which ransomware is proliferating is mind blowing. In 2015, SonicWall’s Global Response Intelligence Grid recorded around 3.8 million attacks. By last year, that had grown to 638 million. Yes, you read it right – 638 mi...
Cloud Security - how is 2017 shaping up?

Cloud Security - how is 2017 shaping up?

With January rapidly becoming a distant memory, and as all those New Year good intentions get left by the wayside, I am pleased to report the race to the cloud continues apace. But as enterprises embrace the cloud to help their businesses become more agile and responsive, they invariably encounter more security threats and become more susceptible to breaches from multiple channels. Legacy security...
Two’s company but it’s no longer enough

Two’s company but it’s no longer enough

Cyber Security is now well and truly on the map. Politicians wax lyrical about how they’re fighting it, entire supplements of every major Sunday newspaper are dedicated to it and in general, the world is that little bit more savvy, I’m delighted to say.   The by-product of the popularity and trend has also meant the industry has given birth to a whole slew of new vendors, all brandishing themselve...
Cloud Security issues aren’t unknown

Cloud Security issues aren’t unknown

When Cloud was the new kid on the block, the risk of adoption was simply too variable and therefore untenable but that didn’t really matter. It was gathering such momentum the security market simply couldn’t keep up. So in line with tradition, the easiest option was to get the big red stamp out and mark it ‘unsafe’ and hope it would go away. The problem was that it didn’t, it just got bigger. The ...
“e-Safety Legal Obligations – The Fall of the Supremacy of Pedagogy”

“e-Safety Legal Obligations – The Fall of the Supremacy of Pedagogy”

I have a proposition to make. My proposition is that it is notpossible to train or educate pupils into not cyberbullying, not viewing pornography, not sexting and that the stance of many educators and education experts[1] that pedagogy is the best, the ‘supreme’ route to satisfy e-Safety legal obligations is, quite simply, wrong. I further propose that we know it’s wrong because empirical evidence...
Why it’s time to ditch the password…

Why it’s time to ditch the password…

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 an incredible 753,305 LinkedIn users, using this most perfunctory of passwords. Trailing ...
Targeting hospitals? The lows that hackers stoop to…

Targeting hospitals? The lows that hackers stoop to…

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 operations, so the virus affected everything from the ventilation of patients and administer...
CensorNet and the statutory duty on radicalisation

CensorNet and the statutory duty on radicalisation

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 radicalization should be seen as part of schoo...
A CIO and an Entrepreneur walk into a bar…

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 everyone) has a ‘solution’ and a ‘marketing strapline’ for it. You only have to loo...
CensorNet shortlisted for two Computing Security Awards

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 recognize 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 special about these awards is the fact that there’s no ...
The NIST draft guidelines have ignited an interesting debate

The NIST draft guidelines have ignited an interesting debate

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. However, traditional SMS authentication is increasingly outmoded. There are numerous technical reasons behind th...
Five ways your apps are putting you at risk – and what to do about it…

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

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 they come with a serious risk warning. For a start, the way we use applications make them an eas...
Behaving Badly

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. Cybercrime is no exception. In fact, as criminal acts go that rely on ‘how we work’ it’s probably the market leader. Increasingly sophisticated, annoyingly clever and ...
“Catch us if you can” – What CensorNet’s acquisition of SMS PASSCODE really means

“Catch us if you can” – What CensorNet’s acquisition of SMS PASSCODE really means

If we’ve done our job well and the PR wheels are spinning as they should, then you’ve probably seen the recent press release detailing CensorNet’s acquisition of SMS PASSCODE. To say that I’m feeling a little bit pleased about it, would be the textbook definition of a gross understatement. For clear and obvious reasons, I’m passionate about what the acquisition means to CensorNet and our new colle...
Here phishy, phishy

Here phishy, phishy

The thing about well known phishing scams is they’ve essentially become industry-comedy punch lines 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 in a series of one-upmanship debates on who’s received the most spurious...