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Supply Chain Cyber Security – defeating the weakest link (Part 1)

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It’s an everyday story but it could happen in your business – right under your nose and far more easily than you could have imagined. Who’d have thought that a contractor would cost millions in lost revenue and nearly bring the business to its knees? But that’s what a weak link in your supply chain cyber security can do.

Picture the scene… Brian parks in the street around the corner from work and walks down the side of his company building. The back door, propped half open by the fire extinguisher, makes entry a breeze. He takes off his balaclava and walks down the corridor to the server room. Brian provides IT support to this and other local companies and, as IT system administrator, he has the keys to the server room door… Continue reading “Supply Chain Cyber Security – defeating the weakest link (Part 1)” »

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Reflections on CyberUK in Practice – CESG’s government security conference

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Ascentor went to the ‘CyberUK in Practice’ event in Liverpool on the 24th and 25th May, organised by CESG. Bringing government, industry and the wider public sector together, the event addressed how we can collectively make the UK safer online.

Over 900 delegates attended, with 60 speakers from government and industry. There was no shortage of topics covered and new developments shared. Indeed, Alex Dewdney, Director of Cyber Security at GCHQ described the event as a ‘step change in how government does cyber security.’

So, with a little time to reflect on the event, we’ve summarised what we thought were the main cyber security discussion points for government and industry. Continue reading “Reflections on CyberUK in Practice – CESG’s government security conference” »

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Ben Wheeler

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Cyber security training for the procurement profession – strong on theory, weak in practice?

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It’s been nearly a year since the Government launched a new online cyber security training course to help the procurement profession stay safe online. Developed in partnership by government and industry, the course was designed to help procurement professionals protect themselves, their businesses and their suppliers from cyber attack.

Speaking at the launch of the training, Andrew Coulcher, Director of Customer Solutions, CIPS said “This is one of the biggest issues of our time and as procurement professionals we need the right tools and support to meet these challenges head on.” Continue reading “Cyber security training for the procurement profession – strong on theory, weak in practice?” »

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Ben Wheeler

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