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New figures show large numbers of businesses and charities suffer at least one cyber attack in the past year

In a recent press release the UK Government confirmed that new figures show large numbers of businesses and charities suffered at least one cyber attack in the past year and urged businesses to protect themselves against cyber crime. Key findings and recommendations included: Over four in ten of businesses and two in ten charities suffered [...]

Baseline Security Recommendations for IoT

In a recent study titled ‘Baseline Security Recommendations for Internet of Things in the context of critical information infrastructures’, the European Union Agency For Network And Information Security (ENISA) sets the scene for IoT security in Europe. The study provides a valuable reference point in this field and a foundation for forthcoming initiatives and developments. [...]

How Can Utilility Companies Navigate the Risks of Cyberspace

The Internet is a hostile space for water utilities and their SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems.  In a recent article Global Water Intelligence Magazine spoke to a number of security experts, including T&VS about how utilities should go about protecting themselves from malicious attacks. The lessons from the Water utilities can equally apply [...]

Debenhams Flowers – Data breach hits 26,000 customers

Today saw Debenhams targeted as the latest victim of a cyber-attack. Up to 26,000 customers of its Flowers website have had their personal data compromised. Potentially crucial customer data was taken in the attack including: payment details, names and addresses. The attack targeted Ecomnova, a third party e-commerce company. See the full BBC new story [...]

BBC Radio 4 Discuss Cyber Attacks by Freezers

BBC Radio 4 Today listeners were treated this morning (14/03/2017) to a discussion on how a freezer could potential be used in cyber-attacks. The discussion was not about the new Doctor Who series, but a serious interview of Donald Toon, Director of Prosperity at the National Crime Agency, by a slightly perplexed John Humphrys.  (Listen [...]

Is IoT Really the New Wild West?

This weekend has seen many new headlines in the mainstream press regarding the recent botnet attack creating more fear and lack of consumer trust in IoT devices, headlines such as: "Do you want your shower to help Russian hackers? " "IoT-enabled botnet launches record 1.5Tbps DDoS attack!" Just why are IoT devices so vulnerable and who is [...]

What are the realities of the Sony cyber attack?

Declan O’Riordan, head of security testing, T&VS Cyber Security became a big story over the Christmas period, in particular regarding two major problems at Sony. The second hack was a distributed denial of service attack by a group calling itself ‘LizardSquad’ on the Sony PlayStation and Xbox Live networks which prevented millions of young (and [...]

I can see your password from here!

Declan O’Riordan, head of security testing, T&VS How to keep your business protected I have no mind-reading abilities, but I’m going to make a prediction that the password you chose for your employers’ corporate website probably requires eight characters or greater, and must require three of the following four character types: upper case letters; lower [...]