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Top cyber crime threats to East Midlands businesses

20 Sep

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

The Insider Threat

5 Jan

According to the latest UK Cyber Breaches statistics, three-quarters of large organisations suffered a staff-related breach and nearly one-third of small organisations had a similar occurrence within the last year. Continue reading

Cyber Matters Top 10 posts from 2015

22 Dec

As 2016 approaches, I thought it would be nice to look back on 2015 and share with you the Top 10 most viewed blog posts here on Cyber Matters. Let the countdown begin … Continue reading

Christmas Card Competition 2015

17 Dec

At this time of year we have a slight variation on the normal information security theme. Continue reading

The Smart Home Cyber Security Manifesto

24 Nov

At the Smart Homes and Building Association (SH&BA) “Smart Home Breakthrough Summit” last week, a new Cyber Security Manifesto was unveiled by CONTEXT, a leading European IT market analysis company, and the SH&BA Security Panel. Continue reading

Cyber Essentials: going mainstream?

24 Feb

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

Christmas card competition

18 Dec

A slight variation on the normal information security theme as we approach Christmas.

At Nexor we have a tradition of a Christmas card competition for all the young Nexor children. They are invited to design a Christmas card and the theme this year was “Christmas animals“. Continue reading

The 12 Themes of 2014

17 Dec

Rather than bring you the 12 Days of Christmas, we’ve done the 12 themes of 2014 instead! A look back at what has been making the headlines in the world of Information Security (and beyond) this year. Take a moment to relive the year……  Continue reading

How do you engage your staff with information security?

13 Oct

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?

18 Aug

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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