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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The Cyber Essentials Experience

This month the UK Government Cyber Essentials Scheme was launched.

Nexor committed to gaining Cyber Essentials certification, with Steve Kingan observing:

“I welcome the advent of the Cyber Essentials Scheme and believe it is an important development in improving the supply chain to HMG. Nexor has demonstrated that the Scheme can be straight forward to implement even for an SME. I am pleased that this new mark will become a mandated accreditation for all HMG suppliers of sensitive information technology procurements; and delighted that Nexor has been involved from the start of the Scheme.”

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Trustworthy Communications

Each day we become more reliant on the Internet in both our personal and business lives, yet each day there are new stories of security failures.   A key part of living and working on the Internet is the ability to be able to communicate securely; whether inter-personal communication, such as email or chat, or client / server communication to access a web site.

This blog looks at how and why secure communications fail, and what we can do about it.

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IISP East Midlands: BIS Organisational Standards

On January 29, we held the second IISP meeting in the East Midlands, at the Institute of Directors in Nottingham, attended by close to 30 delegates.
The meeting was opened by Colin Powers with an introduction and explanation that some quick reshuffling of the agenda was in order as the main speakers train was running late. He also published the hash-tag #IISPEastMids, with delegates encouraged share their thoughts on the meeting live via twitter (these tweets are available as an archive).
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