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A look back at cyber security in 2017

2017 cyber security year in focus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If ever there was an article that started with a prediction that came true – it was our very first post of 2017, looking at the year ahead.

We quoted John Chambers, CEO of Cisco who had recently said “There are two types of organisation: those that have been hacked and those that don’t know they’ve been hacked.” We predicted it would increasingly be a case of ‘not if but when’. And, as we all know by now, this year it was very much ‘when’.

So, join us for a look back at some of the cyber security issues and incidents we covered in 2017. Continue reading “A look back at cyber security in 2017” »

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Ben Wheeler

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The one-stop guide to cyber security advice (Part 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last month we published the first of a two-part series on the best cyber security guides and articles on the web. It covered advice on educating your employees about cyber security, guidance for the board and tips for small and micro businesses.

The article was written for anyone increasingly concerned about the threat to their data and looking for advice – you can re-visit part-one here.

This month, in part-two, we point our lens at ransomware, the insider threat, guidance for suppliers to HM Government and there’s even a plain English guide to all that cyber security jargon. Continue reading “The one-stop guide to cyber security advice (Part 2)” »

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Ben Wheeler

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Convince your board – cyber attack prevention is better than cure

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There is a recurring message in many of the surveys about cyber security. It’s broadly this: a high number of businesses say that cyber security is an important issue – but a low number report any evidence of actually doing something about it.

The latest Cyber Security Breach Survey 2017 illustrates this perfectly. IPSOS MORI interviewed 1,523 UK businesses. In 74% of cases the directors or senior management said that cyber security is a high priority but only 20% currently provide staff with cyber security training – and only 33% have any formal policies in place. Continue reading “Convince your board – cyber attack prevention is better than cure” »

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Ransomware attacks – don’t let them happen to you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The BBC has reported there could be further ransomware attacks this week, following the global cyber-attack that saw 48 NHS Trusts, Hospitals and GPs’ surgeries become its most high profile victims.

It has taken an attack on an institution that serves to protect lives to propel ransomware onto our TV screens and newspapers – but ransomware has been around for some time and it doesn’t just target organisations the size of the NHS.

This article briefly covers what ransomware is, what happened in the attack and offers advice on how to protect your own systems – whether you are a large organisation, an SME or a solo business/operator running a single computer. Continue reading “Ransomware attacks – don’t let them happen to you” »

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Ben Wheeler

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Why basic cyber security could save you a lot of wonga

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Another week, another embarrassing cyber attack. This time it’s payday lenders Wonga who are the latest high profile business to fall victim to hackers with reports suggesting 270,000 customers’ details have been stolen (of which 245,000 are in the UK) – including the last four digits of bank cards.

For a business named after the slang for money, it’s ironic that, when the dust settles – the attack may cost them a tidy sum of their own wonga – just as it did for TalkTalk. Continue reading “Why basic cyber security could save you a lot of wonga” »

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Ben Wheeler

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‘Not if but when’ – 2017 UK cyber security in focus

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2017 is Ascentor’s thirteenth year in information risk management. Over the years we’ve helped public and private sector organisations address the challenging landscape of cyber security and information assurance. Each year brings different threats – those we already recognise evolve, others are completely new. At the same time the legislative horizon changes as new standards and regulations come into force.

We started 2017 by quoting a tweet from John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, that is as good as any in describing the challenges of the year ahead. “There are two types of organisation: those that have been hacked & those that don’t know they’ve been hacked.” So, it’s increasingly a case of ‘not if but when’ – and a lot of household-name organisations know how painful that felt last year. Continue reading “‘Not if but when’ – 2017 UK cyber security in focus” »

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Ben Wheeler

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Cyber security in perspective – a look back at 2016

Year 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we reflect on 2016, there are two stand out events that dwarf every other piece of news this year – the decision of the UK to leave the EU and the election of one Donald J Trump.  Both put cyber security in the spotlight in 2016 for different reasons – from the confusing to the bizarre.

But it wasn’t just the changing political landscape that caught our eye. Many organisations were affected by ransomware attacks and one high profile business discovered just how costly the on-going fall-out from their data breach would turn out to be.

So, let’s look back at 2016 through the cyber security lens of Ascentor. Continue reading “Cyber security in perspective – a look back at 2016” »

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Ben Wheeler

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Ransomware and Large Enterprises – a defence-in-depth strategy

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Part 3 in a series of blogs on ransomware. Ransomware is on the rampage. Earlier in the year barely a week would go by without a report of a costly attack. Now it’s almost a daily news story with reports suggesting that the number of attacks increased by 30 per cent in August alone. Even worse, payment doesn’t necessarily come with any guarantees. A recent article from infosecurity magazine found that 1 in 5 UK organisations that paid during a ransomware attack didn’t get their data back.

In this climate, the question is how to have confidence that you are on top of the problem, with a good chance of prevention and a coherent strategy to recover from it without having to pay up. Continue reading “Ransomware and Large Enterprises – a defence-in-depth strategy” »

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Peter Curran

Principal IA Consultant at Ascentor

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Cyber Insurance – can you ever be fully covered?

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Whether it be from hackers, careless employees, malicious insiders or ransomware (pick your own threat list) – organisations are under increasing risk of cyber attack. And, wherever there is a risk – there’s the option of insurance.

Cyber insurance, also referred to as cyber risk insurance or cyber liability insurance coverage (CLIC), has been around for over a decade. Now, as cyber threats grow, cyber insurance looks set to join other business insurance policies in the risk management toolkit. But, can it really adequately compensate against the consequences of an attack? Continue reading “Cyber Insurance – can you ever be fully covered?” »

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Ben Wheeler

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Ransomware – Back up or Pay up – Top Tips for SMEs

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Part 2 in a series of blogs on ransomware. In the first blog we covered some basic cyber hygiene as well as providing 6 top tips for single home computer backups. This second blog takes it up a level and is aimed at Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Ransomware is the installation you really don’t want – it’ll encrypt your files and you’ll be blackmailed in to paying a ransom for the recovery key. What’s more, it’s a fast growing menace. New data from Intel Security shows a 24 per cent increase in this kind of malware in the first quarter of 2016 alone.

By restricting the ability of systems to operate, ransomware has the capacity to cause long-term damage to the reputation and profitability of any business. However, due to their size, SMEs don’t always have the resources to counter the damage that an attack can cause. We hope that, by following these six tips, SMEs will be better prepared to prevent attacks or respond with confidence, should the worst happen. Continue reading “Ransomware – Back up or Pay up – Top Tips for SMEs” »

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Paddy Keating

Director and Government Service Manager at Ascentor

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