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Demonstrating security measures is a useful marketing tool

Stand out as the supplier of choice by demonstrating the cyber security measures you have in place. Make it easy to find the level of security measures in place and enable your organisation to stand out from the competition. Cyber security compliance then becomes another marketing tool rather than another task. Displaying the level of security measures…

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GDPR compliance – an ongoing journey

GDPR is now well and truly established on the agenda for 2018 with the regulations coming into force on 25th May 2018, but it is important to understand that compliance with the new regulation requires ongoing work beyond this date rather than just a single point of time. The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, highlighted in…

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Cyber Essentials – has to be owned at the top – why is this important?

The Cyber Essentials Scheme self assessment questionnaire is signed by a board level member before submission to a certification body for approval.  Why is this so important? Cyber Essentials is the government backed scheme designed to be a base line for cyber security that companies should adopt to protect themselves from 80% of the most…

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87% of board members & C-level executives lack confidence in their companies’ cyber security

According to EY’s 19th Global Information Security Survey 2016-17  not enough organisations are paying attention to the basics and a lack of executive leadership and support is ‘challenging the effectiveness of cyber security’. The report looks at the responses of  1,735 CIOs, CISOs and other executives and the results show that global organisations are putting their…

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Businesses and organisations responsible for security of data says government report

Government to use levers to exert pressure on businesses and organisations to manage their cyber risks. The National Cyber Security Strategy Report 2016 was published yesterday. The report says that the government intends to use various levers such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), insurers, regulators and investors, to exert influence on businesses and…

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Securious congratulates their new PCI QSA

Securious congratulates Roy Singer on becoming one of just over 2000 PCI QSA’s globally. We are very please to congratulate our own Roy Singer for successfully qualifying as a new Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor (PCI QSA). Roy already has a wealth of cyber security qualifications and experience and we are delighted to have…

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Responsibility for cyber security can not be outsourced, the board needs to take control.

Directors believe there should be tougher punishments for inadequate cyber security. The majority of decision makers, however, are unaware of the Cyber Essentials scheme. The board needs to take control and ‘own’ their cyber security. An article in the Telegraph recently reported that the majority of directors believe that companies should face more severe punishments…

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The ICO changes reporting on cyber incidents

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has recently changed the way that it is reporting on cyber incidents to provide a more useful insight in to the different types of issue they are seeing. The ICO is reporting that between the months of April and June 2016 there were 50 cyber incidents, however these are only…

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What is ransomware and how to protect your precious files from it

Dr Zubair Baig and Nikolai Hampton are writing in the Conversation about ransomware and how to protect your files.  They explain why there has been such a rapid increase in its use and how it is evolving. They include practical advice to reduce the risks of becoming a victim. What would it mean if you lost…

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Ransomware everywhere!

Ransomware is a very real threat for all businesses – be prepared! The BBC is reporting that ransomware attacks are a frequent occurrence in large institutions, including Universities and The NHS. “Bournemouth University, which boasts a cybersecurity centre, has been hit 21 times in the last 12 months. Twenty-eight NHS Trusts said they had been affected.” Ransomware…

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