Five reasons to book your cyber security training before Christmas


My colleagues and I have recently been writing about the surge in demand for cyber security professionals that is apparently causing companies to compete for the best talent. A report by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) revealed that cyber security is among six fast-growth industries that could boost the British economy, while a KPMG […]

Top five books for IT professionals in 2014


At this time of the year, we usually look back at which of our titles did best during the year, and we also look ahead at what’s coming up next. Information security, IT governance and IT service management are the dominating topics for our audience in 2014. Brought to the market by our publishing imprint, […]

Guidance on an effective PCI DSS staff awareness programme


Staff awareness training is fundamental for effective information security management and for meeting regulatory and compliance requirements. In order for an organisation to comply with PCI DSS v3.0, Requirement 12.6, a formal security awareness programme must be implemented. The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has recently released its Information Supplement: Best Practices for Implementing […]

Malware alert: Red October is back as Cloud Atlas/Inception


Red October/Cloud Atlas/Inception may sound like a mediocre weekend in a provincial cinema, but is in fact an “extremely sophisticated” new malware framework that has been targeting institutions around the world via a Swedish Cloud service provider. Researchers from Blue Coat Labs reported the discovery of the multi-layered malware last week, naming it “Inception” after […]

Police woefully under-skilled to fight cyber crime


British police are woefully under-skilled to tackle the rapidly expanding world of cybercrime, according to a new report of police intelligence analysts. The report, conducted by PA Consulting, gathered responses from 48 different police bodies, and its findings don’t make pretty reading. Less than a third of respondents have the technology or skills to fight […]

Cyber Essentials – winning your badge


Cyber Essentials, the cyber security scheme mandated by the UK Government, is becoming more widely adopted in the UK, with over 100 companies already certified according to unofficial figures. Companies that have achieved certification so far include Barclays, Vodafone, Airbus Defence & Space Ltd, BPL Global, MASS and Sheffield Futures. (You can see a list […]

Always judge a training company by its schedule

At this time of year, most successful training companies take the opportunity to release their schedule of public training courses for the following year. With course names, locations and dates confirmed, a schedule should provide a clear statement of both the availability and ‘business intent’ of any training provider. With the release of its public […]

Cyber risk is on the rise for some unexpected targets: healthcare and education

Source: Radware

Radware has compiled a ‘Ring of Fire’ map to assess the likelihood that a certain industry will experience a cyber attack. The survey was part of Radware’s 2014 network and application security report, which was conducted with 330 global organisations. Several of the industries mapped in the ring indicate consistent risk of cyber attack, while […]

71% of employees have access to data they shouldn’t see

Businessman Using Digital Tablet

A new report from Ponemon Institute for Varonis (Corporate Data: A Protected Asset or a Ticking Time Bomb?) reveals a widespread lack of oversight and control over employee access to confidential, sensitive information, such as “customer lists and contact information, intellectual property, and private information about customers, employees and business partners.” The study surveyed 2,276 […]