Top cyber crime threats to East Midlands businesses

I recently attended the East Midlands Cyber Crime Breakfast, where a panel of experts outlined what they saw as the principal cyber crime threats that were affecting organisations in the East Midlands. Continue reading “Top cyber crime threats to East Midlands businesses”

Cyber Essentials: going mainstream?

As I’m sure many of the readers of this blog will be aware Cyber Essentials is a UK Government scheme encouraging organisations to adopt good practice in information security. It includes an assurance framework, and a simple set of security controls, to protect IT.

It was launched in a big fanfare in June of last year; it became mandated for certain UK Government IT contracts in October 2014; but it has seen relatively low take-up. Or at least thus far. Continue reading “Cyber Essentials: going mainstream?”

How do you engage your staff with information security?

That was the question that the IISP East Midlands branch tried to tackle recently at its forum in Leicester.  The evening gave a chance for information security professionals across the region to get together to network with colleagues and discuss this most important of issues.

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Is there any point in using anti-virus software?

I recently attended a professional development event in Birmingham run by OWASP and the Institute of Information Professionals (IISP). One of the topics on the agenda was how to evade anti-virus (AV) software packages.

Shock horror. The breaking news is that AV software is not going to stop cyber attacks on your organisation, as has been blogged on before here on Cyber Matters.

However two aspects stood out for me.

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