Author: Louise Bulman

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Initiatives to digitally transform the UK government are happening across the board. The NHS, for example, is preparing to become paperless by 2020 and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been granted £1.3 billion in funding to initiate digital transformation. Meanwhile, the Department for Work and Pensions is investing heavily in big data technologies to drive automation, identify errors and tackle fraud. Yet, while these innovative programmes undoubtedly have their benefits, they do unfortunately make the government an increasingly […]

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In light of the most recent breach making headlines – concerning mobile provider Three – an interesting question comes to mind: does it really matter what data is accessed during a successful cyber-attack? While no financial information appears to have been stolen on this occasion, the potential theft of personal data such as names and addresses will be no less distressing to Three’s customers. Indeed, a recent Thales survey suggested that only 16 per cent of consumers would continue to […]

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Last week we revealed the results to the Thales survey investigating attitudes towards firms that have experienced data breaches. It showed us that the majority of the British public would reconsider brands affected by data breaches, with only 16% of respondents stating that they would continue to use their products or services as usual. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially in the wake of incidents like last year’s TalkTalk attack, which ended up costing the company an estimated […]

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As you may or may not know, the month of October brings with it not just an autumnal change in leaf colour, but the start of European Cyber Security Month (ECSM). The ECSM is an EU advocacy campaign that promotes cyber security and advocates for change in the perception of cyber-threats by promoting data and information security, education and the sharing of good practices. With last month’s reports that Yahoo! had suffered what could be the largest cyber breach in […]

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Since the well-documented FBI–Apple encryption dispute made global headlines, there has been on-going debate as to whether governments should ever be granted special access to encrypted data. In the UK, the debate intensified following the announcement that the Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) had been approved by the terror laws watchdog. The somewhat controversial act grants agencies the right to monitor online activities of citizens, and is supported by examples of instances when the monitoring of email, phone and internet behaviour […]

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When was the last time you paid for something using cash? Last year in the UK, cashless payments had overtaken the use of notes and coins for the first time in history, and the trend is set to continue as cash payments are suspected to fall another 30% over the next ten years, while UK consumers are predicted to spend a whopping £53.6bn a year using their smartphones and tablets by 2024. New mobile payment apps like Google Pay, launched […]

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In the wake of the UK’s recent decision to opt out of the EU, many UK businesses are facing a period of uncertainty. With the decrease in the value of the pound and fears over a widening IT skills gap, it is understandable that cyber security might be low down on the agendas of some UK companies. The truth of the matter is, though, that cybercrime is not going anywhere. Indeed, some experts are predicting that it will, in fact, […]

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A company’s reputation and brand image is an important corporate asset that can play a pivotal role in determining the success of the organisation. Should something happen that compromises this asset and negatively impacts the public’s perception of the firm, the effects can be devastating. A data breach incident will inevitably call into question the company’s credibility, as it is put under a microscope and examined on how it handled the issue; pre and post breach. An example of the […]

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A week from today, security professionals from all over Europe – and beyond – will be amassing in West London for the annual Infosecurity Europe show. There’ll be plenty for us to talk about, too – in the last 12 months we have seen major incidents affecting firms like TalkTalk, JD Wetherspoon’s and Ofcom, and the European Parliament has finally approved the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), set to come into play in 2018 – giving organisations only two years […]

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Time and time again in the UK we have seen some of our most high profile companies fall victim to data breaches due to lax security. Firms are now advised to accept that, due to the broadening scope of the data threat landscape, and the increasing levels of sophistication in cyber crime, it is no longer a case of if they are hacked, but when. The most obvious solution to this growing problem is to simply encrypt everything which ensures […]