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Automating Software Updates

Automating Software Updates

Automating Software Updates – the why Automating Software updates is incredibly important, you may wonder why but the simplest way to express this is a figure from Gartner: the believe that 99% of security breaches are as a result of KNOWN vulnerabilities. This in turn means that 99% of your risk is already established and can typically be mitigated through a workaround or permanently. Patching, sometimes referred to as Patch Management, is a ultimately about maintaining what you already have and is a

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Automating your Cloud

Methods and Practice for automating your cloud Many organisations adopt cloud-based computing in order to achieve operational cost-savings but fail to build efficiency into their plans and purchases. This is crucial because it is so incredibly easy to spend a lot of your money on cloud-services if you are not careful. Automation comes into play by enabling you to set-out in advance what your workloads are, budgeting for them and ensuring these are upheld. A good example is Pay Per

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The Conversation, on Email Scams

Email scams are getting more personal – they even fool cybersecurity experts If an email is setting off alarm bells, check the sender’s details. Shutterstock Gareth Norris, Aberystwyth University; Max Eiza, Liverpool John Moores University, and Oliver Buckley, University of East Anglia We all like to think we’re immune to scams. We scoff at emails from an unknown sender offering us £2 million, in exchange for our bank details. But the game has changed and con artists have developed new,

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The Conversation, on facial recognition technologies

Facial recognition technology: how it’s being used in Ukraine and why it’s still so controversial Facial recognition technology is controversial in many countries. Shutterstock Felipe Romero Moreno, University of Hertfordshire Facial recognition technology is being used in warfare for the first time. It could be a game changer in Ukraine, where it is being used to identify the dead and reunite families. But if we fail to grapple with the ethics of this technology now, we could find ourselves in a

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The Cost of Cloud Security

The Cost of Cloud Security There are a variety of reasons why investing in the security of your business is critical to you staying in-business, but many firms often believe they have certain capabilities such as backups or advanced antivirus when they in fact lack any of these capabilities. For a definition of ‘the Cloud’ please see here. One common example is when organisations move to Microsoft’s Office 365 platform or Google’s GSuite in the belief that this offers greater

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IT Security in Conflict Zones

IT Security in Conflict Zones is complex When numerous small organisations or large private organisations face cyber-attacks from state-backed criminal hacking-groups a lot of harm can be done. These can take the form of supply-chain attacks such as the worldwide damage Solarwinds experienced, or targeted attacks on infrastructure such as Ransomware or Phishing attacks. Ransomware and Phishing attacks can be done in high volumes and at scale, targeting particular industries or types of businesses. Key-stakeholders within a business are often

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The Conversation, on Buying a Smart Device

Considering buying a smart device? To protect your security, ask yourself these five questions Dragana Gordic/Shutterstock Iain Nash, Queen Mary University of London Houses are getting smarter: smart thermostats manage our heating, while smart fridges can monitor our food consumption and help us order groceries. Some houses even have smart doorbells that tell us who is on our doorstep. And of course, smart TVs allow us to stream the content we want to watch, when we want to watch it. If

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Securing Mobile Devices

Securing Mobile Devices Mobile Devices can be Smartphones, OEM Tablets, standard Tablets and even Laptops depending on your definition. Some laptops now use the same ARM-chips which Smartphones use, resulting in them being treated as a Mobile Device by IT systems. You may wonder why organisations need to secure a Smartphone, but the real question is whether it is connected to your business IT systems – even if only email. In the event the answer is yes, then it is

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Open Source Intelligence and Communities

What is Open Source Intelligence? Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is not particular to IT Security and instead is a much broader concept – it is about the free flow and analysis of information from a wide variety of sources. Many intelligence communities including British Intelligence are increasingly using OSINT to expand their capabilities. The open-source element can be software or community, for example it can be the toolset an IT Security vendor uses to support businesses of all sizes, or

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Christmas Hackers – how a SOC protects you

Christmas Hackers When there is cheer and joy at work and home it is often the case that individuals are quite vulnerable to external influence. During December many individuals and businesses who they work for or represent are more susceptible to a cyber-attack. There are a mixture of reasons why but primarily it is because individuals are on holiday, there are breaks in communication between stakeholders and buyers and perhaps that people are a little too busy preparing for events

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