In its purest form, DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Service. A DDoS attack is a combined cyber attack on a specific server or network, with an overwhelming amount of information, with the intended purpose of disrupting normal service. That’s the dictionary version, but what does a DDoS attack look like in the real world?… Continue reading How to Prevent DDoS Attacks…
Beware of people posing as someone else online – it’s a growing threat to individuals and businesses. The phenomenon has been known as ‘catfishing’ for the past few years. It’s when someone creates fake profiles on social media to trick people into thinking they’re somebody else. The term originates from a 2010 documentary about a… Continue reading ‘Catfishing’ ID fraud is big problem
There’s a lack of cyber security expertise and insufficient expenditure in many organisations which makes them more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. One of the most vulnerable in the UK is the National Health Service. Research by cyber security company Redscan indicates that many NHS trusts are unable to retain the necessary skills and expertise. The average… Continue reading Invest more in cyber security
The theft of up to 500 million customer records from the Marriott hotel group is a shocking reminder to everyone how vulnerable personal information is in the digital era. Many millions of people who have stayed at Marriott’s 6,700 properties in 129 countries will have unwittingly given hackers their names, dates of birth, phone numbers,… Continue reading Marriott hacking is stark warning
Be warned against buying hardware from China, it could be fitted with extra micro-chips designed to break into your organisation. The threat from technology built in China loomed large with the discovery of additional micro-processors on standard motherboards. It’s believed the problem affected around 30 US companies, including Amazon and Apple. The motherboards were also… Continue reading Chinese spy micro-chip danger
A massive breach of security at British Airways, which compromised 380,000 card payments, shows that organisations of all sizes are vulnerable to cyberattacks if their security is flawed. The theft of credit card numbers, expiry dates, street and email addresses and other personal data follows hot-on-the-heels of BA’s meltdown last year. BA’s chief executive said… Continue reading BA data breach is stark reminder
Chilling new research reveals cyber criminals are outspending big businesses and posing an ever-increasing threat to UK companies. The survey commissioned by software company Carbon Black reveals that 92 per cent of all UK businesses have had their cyber defences breached within the past 12 months – and 82 per cent have experienced more attacks… Continue reading Cyber crime pays – so watch out
Companies should be aware of the hidden security threat from fax machines which are an unlocked backdoor for criminals. New research from Check Point Security estimates that 300 million fax numbers are still in use. Using just a phone line, the researcher sent a fax that took full control over the printer that received it.… Continue reading Network threat from faxes
Companies need to protect their people and systems against hacktivism because it can compromise their networks. Worse still, it can be a cover for cyber criminals. The term hacktivism first emerged in the mid-1990s when hacking into computer systems was employed by some activists to express political or sociological beliefs. Famously, The Cult of the… Continue reading Guard against hacktivist attacks
A data breach that occurred two years ago has now cost Uber its licence to operate a taxi-hailing service in Brighton. It’s a perfect example of how important it is to ensure data security is robust ensuring loss of business and even terminal damage to your company is avoided. Uber’s data breach comprised a leak… Continue reading Data breach haunts Uber in Brighton
The launch of a new security standard for wi-fi connectivity will make remote access much safer. Version three of Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA3) follows research that found vulnerabilities in WPA2 – particularly in open wi-fi zones such as coffee shops, airports and hotels. Researchers discovered that the four-way security ‘handshake’ which ensures a correct password… Continue reading New wi-fi standard will boost security
Two-factor authentication is now essential to beat cyber criminals.
Beware of social engineering by cyber criminals. It’s an ever-growing threat to businesses worldwide.
Loss of emails can badly affect operational effectiveness and could breach data protection law if the lost correspondence contains customer records.
Phishing attacks by cyber criminals are becoming much more difficult to spot and many people are still being duped into taking the bait.
Many victims of ransomware attacks are turning to No More Ransom to have their data unlocked for free but the best way to beat cyber crime is by improving IT security.
Cyber-crime is now such a major threat to UK businesses that many companies will soon have to prove they are properly protected to avoid losing key contracts.
Many growing companies are choosing Microsoft 10 Enterprise because of the enhanced security it offers.
Many companies think they have good IT security to protect them from external attacks but are still vulnerable to insider threats.
Too many businesses are lazy about passwords and risk being hacked. They are in danger of losing vital data and badly damaging their reputation.
Whaling on the oceans may be a thing of the past in most countries but it’s now a major threat in the cyber world.
If you’re serious about selling services to major organisations then you need to have ISO27001.
Businesses across Sussex are being warned about ransomware which invades IT systems often via infected email attachments.
Companies that are still using older versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer must upgrade as soon as possible.
If they don’t, their systems will be vulnerable to attack.