Cyber Security

Security sector insights in the age of terror and the cyber-attack

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Cyber-attacks are one of the defining security threats of our age and cybersecurity a growing priority for business and governments alike.

The internet’s transformation of both our personal lives and the world of commerce has created boundless opportunities for hackers with a wide range of motives and an even broader array of tools. From phishing and clickjacking to ransomware, direct-access attacks and denial of service attacks (DoS) the threats keep on evolving and emerging. It’s a game of cat and mouse as the criminals become more sophisticated and cyber security professionals try to keep up.

The stakes are high. Lloyd’s of London has warned that a major cyber-attack could wreak havoc that costs as much as £92bn to remedy – more than the repair bill for Hurricane Katrina, costliest natural disaster in UoS histry. And ‘destruction of service’ attacks could “disrupt the internet itself” and destroy businesses in one fell swoop, according to research from Cisco.

The GDPR, which comes into force across Europe in May 2018, raises the stakes further still. The fines for data protection breaches – including deficient cyber security protections – will be 79 times higher than under the previous regime: €10 million (£7.9 million) or 2% of an organisation’s global turnover.

A government survey of the FTSE 350 has revealed 68% of board members have not been trained to deal with cybersecurity incidents, potentially leaving their businesses in danger.

If the ubiquity of smartphones have created even more opportunities for criminals, then the internet of things has ramped up the threat further still, with everyday household objects now connected to the internet. In 2016, some 1.5m IoT devices – mostly security cameras – were hijacked during a DDoS attack. Even our cars are becoming vulnerable.

Building systems are also increasingly network-connected too, so even buildings can be hacked. Physical security professionals need to get to grips with cybersecurity too.

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Wake-up call on IP camera passwords as UK school CCTV streamed on Russian website

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Hikvision Insight events to focus on GDPR and cybersecurity

Following on previous Hikvision Insight events, held in October 2017, the video surveillance giant is organising a second series of events taking place across the UK and Ireland in March 2018. Read More

Why a smart city must also be a safe city

There simply is no value to even the ‘smartest’ application going if it’s not based on a foundation of personal and public safety and security, writes Iftach Drori of Qognify. Read More

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Find out about the smartphone designed to secure bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, unveiled by German cybersecurity firm Sikur at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Read More

WATCH: FBI told it can unlock any iPhone by data extraction experts

Forbes has reported that a major US government contractor claims to have found a way to unlock pretty much every iPhone on the market. Read More

The GDPR and physical security systems: convergence challenges, steps to compliance and more

With the GDPR coming in to force from 25 May, Genetec gathered a panel of experts to offer advice on how to comply with the new, tougher regime. Here’s what we learned – plus a talk on hacking the Wiegand interface. Read More

Majority of CEOs misidentify their biggest cyber threat – often at odds with their technical officers

A majority of CEOs are incorrectly citing malware as the primary cyber threat to their organisation’s security and are investing in strategies at odds with the views of their technical officers, according to a new report. Read More