cyber essentials

Insurance company claims that cyber attack was “hostile or warlike action”

By Roz Woodward / January 10, 2019 / Comments Off on Insurance company claims that cyber attack was “hostile or warlike action”

The Financial Times is reporting that an insurance company has refused to pay a claim for damage caused by the NotPetya cyber attack being a ‘hostile or warlike action” by a government or sovereign power or people acting for them. This is a really interesting case as the company, Mondalez, had made a claim under…

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Demonstrating security measures is a useful marketing tool

By Roz Woodward / November 15, 2018 / Comments Off on 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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Cyber security: shouldn’t be news – user access should be controlled

By Roz Woodward / September 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Cyber security: shouldn’t be news – user access should be controlled

Access to data and files should be restricted to only give enough access to files, software and settings to enable staff to perform their role. Access control is one of the basic controls for the Government backed Cyber Essentials scheme. Cyber Essentials is a great first steps organisations should be implementing to start their cyber…

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Cyber Security: – shouldn’t be news – servers need regular patching

By Roz Woodward / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Cyber Security: – shouldn’t be news – servers need regular patching

You should patch your server at least every thirty days…not only to achieve your Cyber Essentials Plus requirement once a year The benefits of the Government backed Cyber Essentials scheme as a first step to cyber security for your business are shared by the National Cyber Security Centre, The Information Commissioners Office and Devon and Cornwall…

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Cyber security for manufacturers – preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution

By Roz Woodward / April 29, 2018 / Comments Off on Cyber security for manufacturers – preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution

The EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has just published an industry report”Cyber Security for Manufacturing” which details the issues facing manufacturing in their readiness to prepare for the 4th Industrial Revolution and digitalisation. The report highlights that some manufacturing businesses are missing opportunities because they are concerned about cyber security vulnerabilities which prevents them from investing…

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Minimum level of cyber security yet to be achieved by SW’s largest businesses

By Roz Woodward / April 15, 2018 / Comments Off on Minimum level of cyber security yet to be achieved by SW’s largest businesses

Government’s minimum level of cyber security accreditation is yet to be achieved by bulk of South West’s large businesses Securious have carried out new research which has revealed that fewer than 5% of the region’s largest businesses have achieved Cyber Essentials, the minimum level of cyber security compliance set out by the Government. Cyber Essentials…

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21% of businesses believe the threat of cyber-crime is preventing their company growing.

By Roz Woodward / April 21, 2017 / Comments Off on 21% of businesses believe the threat of cyber-crime is preventing their company growing.

The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) has published results from their digital survey which highlights that cyber security accreditations can help defend against a cyber attack. The BCC has reported that 21% of businesses believe that the threat of cyber-crime is having a negative impact on their business growth. Their advice to companies suggests that,…

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Cyber crime continues to grow as society becomes increasingly digitalised

By Roz Woodward / March 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Cyber crime continues to grow as society becomes increasingly digitalised

Profits generated by some of the successful organised crime groups (OCGs) rival those of multinational corporations. European Union Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA) have issued a report called ‘Crime in the age of technology 2017’ which is a comprehensive study of serious and organised crime in the EU. The report highlights that profits…

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Are some cyber security firms over complicating current cyber threats?

By Roz Woodward / February 9, 2017 / Comments Off on Are some cyber security firms over complicating current cyber threats?

As an independent cyber security compliance company, we have considerable sympathy with comments recently reported by the BBC from Dr Ian Levy, of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, suggesting that some firms operating in the cyber security space exaggerate the skill set of hackers to scare companies into buying expensive hardware. …He criticised cyber security companies’…

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

By Roz Woodward / January 23, 2017 / Comments Off on 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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