Can you decode puzzles set by GCHQ for cyber-savvy girls competition?

YOUNG girls from across the country will pit their codebreaking skills against one another in a series of head-scratching online challenges to crown the UK’s brightest cyber minds. Registration for the online phase of the 2018 CyberFirst Girls Competition, run by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of GCHQ, opens today [Tuesday, 16 January]. NCSC and GCHQ experts have devised 100 challenges of varying difficulty for female pupils aged…

January 16, 2018
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Digital Businesses Thwart a Record 700 Million Attacks on Consumer Transactions in 2017, Reveals New Cybercrime Report from ThreatMetrix

ThreatMetrix, The Digital Identity Company, today revealed that 2017 was a record-setting year in the fight against cybercrime. Based on analysis of real world cybercrime attacks—as seen across its global network, which analyses 100 million transactions a day— the ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Report 2017: A Year in Review confirmed a 100 percent increase in volume of attacks over the last two years. The good news is that record numbers of these…

January 16, 2018
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Getting the GDPR gremlin off your back

With less than nine months to go until Global Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force across the European Union, businesses should be well underway in their efforts to achieve compliance. However, meeting the demands of GDPR is easier said than done and a substantial proportion of businesses are still showing a worrying lack of preparedness. According to a study released in July by Spiceworks, just five per cent of…

January 15, 2018
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Security Flaw discovered within AMD Secure Processor – Security Pro’s have their say

A security flaw has been discovered on the AMD PSP (Platform Security Processor), which is a chip-on-chip security system, that stores critical system data such as passwords, certificates, and encryption keys, in a secure environment and outside of the more easily accessible AMD cores. AMD has fixed but not released the firmware updates. Much like the Intel ME, the AMD PSP is an integrated coprocessor that sits next to the…

January 11, 2018
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Welcome to WPA3, the next step in Wi-Fi security

Nearly 14 years after it ratified WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2), the Wi-Fi Alliance has given the world a peek at what might be coming next for wireless security. Perhaps unsurprisingly called WPA3, the draft standard’s announcement at the annual CES Show was brief, but offered clues as to how it might address WPA2’s known problems. The main message is that under WPA3, security will be baked deeper into wireless configuration, making…

January 11, 2018
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Cyber Security Challenge UK appoints new CEO to expand and diversify its offering

Cyber Security Challenge UK announces the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Colin Lobley, who joins the team from DXC Technology’s (formerly Hewlett Packard Enterprise), Security Services division where he was general manager, UK, Ireland, Middle East.   Colin brings with him expertise in working with both public and private sector organisations. He spent several years working in the civil service, taking up various roles within the defence research and…

January 11, 2018
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Five-member board of experienced security executives to guide technical innovations of Synopsys security products and services

Synopsys today announced that it has formed a Technical Advisory Board (TAB) to guide the technical direction of the Synopsys Software Integrity Group’s security products and services, foster innovation and help ensure long-term business success. The five-member board of experienced software and security executives will counsel Synopsys on broader trends in the software industry, provide input on its solutions strategy, and help align its priorities with the requirements of its…

January 11, 2018
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Seven Ransomware Predictions for 2018

It might surprise you to know that most ransomware victims choose to pay a ransom to have their data restored. As long as victims continue to pay up, ransomware will continue to be a go-to strategy for cybercriminals. Furthermore, Forrester Research predicts that cybercriminals will increasingly use ransomware in 2018 to monetise attacks, as end-to-end encryption in payment systems often prevents them from stealing credit card data. In 2018, ransomware…

January 9, 2018
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Hackers adopt ‘school of fish’ approach as they sharpen focus on mid-sized businesses

Rudimentary attacks, like information gathering, reputation blocks, fraud, and brute force attacks, increased by 71% from 2016-2017, according to new data released by eSentire, Inc., the largest pure-play Managed Detection and Response (MDR) provider. The data represents a total volume rise in detected events from 15 million in 2016, to 21 million last year. Reports demonstrate a marked technique shift by attackers who favor obfuscation techniques that evade standard perimeter…

January 9, 2018
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McAfee acquires the worldwide leader in the CASB market segment

McAfee today announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of Skyhigh Networks. With the close of this deal, Skyhigh Networks becomes part of the McAfee Cloud Security Business Unit.   Skyhigh is an ideal complement to McAfee’s strategy – one focused on building and optimising mission-critical cybersecurity environments for the future. Skyhigh Networks pioneered the cloud access security broker (CASB) market segment that analysts describe as one of the…

January 8, 2018
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