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S/MIME Re-trial

8 Nov

In the blog S/MIME on Trial in 2013, I outlined some challenges using S/MIME to send secure email.

I also posed the question, was I confident the issues would be solved in a 3-5 year timeframe?

Well, here we are 3 years later, let’s take a look.   Continue reading

Cyber Essentials at UK MOD: the beginning of a critical mass?

10 Feb

The UK’s Cyber Essentials Scheme took a major step forward at the beginning of this year when the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) mandated that its suppliers need to have obtained a Cyber Essentials certificate before they are able to undertake certain contracts.

This news has been coming for quite a while but judging by some reaction to this mandating of Cyber Essentials, it appears to have caught some by surprise. 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

Firestorm – how to avoid the latest Next Generation Firewall vulnerability

11 Dec

A new, severe vulnerability in Next Generation Firewalls was earlier this week unveiled by cyber threat detection specialist, Cynet. The vulnerability, dubbed FireStorm, allows an internal entity or malicious code to interact and extract data out of an organisation, completely bypassing the firewall limitation. Continue reading

Prime Minister orders cyber-attacks to test Whitehall security

13 Nov

Earlier this week it was reported that David Cameron had ordered simulated cyber-attacks on every Whitehall department, to discover if government computers that hold the personal information of millions of people are vulnerable to hackers. Continue reading

How do you evaluate an Information Exchange Gateway solution?

8 Sep

How do you evaluate an Information Exchange Gateway solution? I’ve blogged previously on Cyber Matters about how Information Exchange Gateways (IEGs) need to be built in a flexible manner to meet a variety of customer requirements. The other big question from potential customers is how do they know that they can trust a solution? Continue reading

DNS Tunnelling

25 Aug

A recent project at Nexor required us to look at the challenges of providing access to the DNS from a secure environment. It reminded me of the issues related to DNS tunnelling.
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Flexibility should come as standard in Information Exchange Gateways

19 May

In my role as a Solution Architect regular readers of this blog will know that this year I’ve been heavily involved in Information Exchange Gateways. I was recently over in Brussels at the European Defence Agency (EDA) headquarters to deliver a final presentation on the IEG work we have done for them. Possibly the biggest challenge that came up in the meeting was around the flexibility required in enabling secure information exchange. Continue reading

Q: When is a Diode not a Diode?

1 Apr

A: When it’s a Transistor or a Zener diode.

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Deploying Information Exchange Gateway solutions

24 Mar

With the current interest in Information Exchange Gateways (IEGs), I wanted to update you on the work that we have been doing with the European Defence Agency over the last year or so. Continue reading