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Cyber Security Standards

Cyber Security Standards: Cyber security standards are security standards which enable organizations to practice safe security techniques to minimize the number of successful cyber security attacks. These guides provide general outlines as well as specific techniques for implementing cyber security. For certain specific standards, cyber security certification by an accredited body can be obtained. There are many advantages to obtaining certification including the ability to get cyber security insurance.  (Source: Wikipedia)

6 UK Universities to Offer ‘Cyber Spy’ Degrees


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Six UK universities have submitted master’s degree programmes which have been accredited by GHCQ as a part of the ongoing Cyber Security Strategy. The specialist degrees will offer a qualification in cyber security and is intended to boost Britain’s defences against hackers and cybercrime. "Through the excellent work of GCHQ, in partnership with other government departments, the private sector and academia, we are able to counter threats and ensure we are stronger and more aw ...   read more

93% of Corporations Suffered 2012 Security Breach


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According to a recent publication from the UK’s Cabinet Office, 93% of large organisations and 76% of SMBs suffered some form of cyber breach this year. "With the cost for a security breach estimated between £110,000-250,000 for large businesses and £15,000-30,000 for smaller ones, these are losses which UK businesses can ill afford,” the latest report stated. Whilst the UK has a very healthy internet-based economy, worth around £82bn per year and risi ...   read more

ACTA May Never See Light of Day


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Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, has all but confirmed that the controversial anti-piracy bill ACTA may never see the light of day, and is unlikely to be passed as law. Kroes was speaking at Friday's Digital Agenda Internet Freedom Re:publica conference "The European public on the Net” in Berlin. In her speech, she outlined the benefits of a free and open web to innovation and said that we must "recognise rights and responsibilities online – for an online ...   read more

Businesses are 'willing to ignore cyber threats'


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Businesses deem cyber security to be a major consideration but at the same time are willing to accept high levels of risk - taking a hands-off approach to the problem. New research from Chatham House has shown that cyber security should no longer be seen as an ICT department problem, as complacency can cause untold damage. Placeholder0The organisation noted that the potential for reputational and financial damage is too high to be ignored by small and large firms alike, and sugges ...   read more

Companies 'are unaware they have a data security problem'


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The vast majority of companies are unaware they have a data security problem, according to the Centre for Cyber Security. Associate at the organisation Mark Dempster believes too many corporations lose data through phishing attacks without even realising it. Placeholder0He suggested firms may notice the security of their system has been compromised, but some wrongly assume that a stan ...   read more

Cyber security breaches could cost firms 5% of turnover


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New legislation could ensure businesses take cloud security more seriously as European ministers plan to fine firms five per cent of their turnover for data breaches, according to new documents published by the Financial Times.The European Commission is intent on tackling the data security problems that have plagued businesses of late, however, the rules about how much to fine firms an ...   read more

Cybercrime costs UK economy £27bn


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Prime minster David Cameron has announced that tackling cybercrime is a top priority in the UK as hackers and scammers cost the country £27 billion a year. Mr Cameron said the only way the country was going to overcome the problem, however, was by working with other nations, businesses and security organisations. Placeholder0He claimed that cybercrime seemed endemic to the internet and the scale at which criminals were trading personal information was unprecedented. Speaking at a ...   read more

Cybercrime presents an 'epic challenge'


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Overcoming cybercrime will be an epic challenge that will require international cooperation between governments and industry. According to Anthony O'Mara, senior vice president for Trend Micro Europe, the Middle East and Africa, domestic cyber security initiatives like those proposed by the UK are welcome, but they are not the solution to the problem. Placeholder0Mr O'Mara believes that resources and knowledge should be pooled to create a worldwide defence force against hackers an ...   read more

Cybercriminals Will Adopt NSA Tactics


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Security expert Bruce Schneier has warned that cyber crooks will soon have the ability to adopt tactics similar to those used by the NSA at the RSA 2014 Conference taking place in the US this week. "The NSA techniques give about a three to five year lead on what cyber-criminals will do," he said at the security conference in San Francisco.

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Firms struggle to keep up with IT changes


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Businesses are struggling to stay on top of the latest advances in the IT industry - including cloud computing and video conferencing - according to new research from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). As a result organisations are seeing staff put in longer hours and more than half are feeling more stressed than they were a decade ago.Peter Cheese, chairman of the ILM, said: "Although it was thought that technology, such as read more

IT Skills Gap Could Harm UK Economy


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A report from UK technology job site Technojobs has revealed that whilst jobs in the technology sector continue to rise, there are not enough graduates to fill vacant positions. This, they say, is in danger of leaving the UK economy exposed as future generations fail to show enough interest in the subject. According to Technojobs, IT has l ...   read more

MI5 Cyber-attack Warning


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MI5 chief Jonathon Evans has warned that UK internet vulnerabilities are allowing for an "astonishing” level of cyber-attacks on British industry. He said in a speech on Monday evening that these weaknesses were being taken advantage of by both cyber criminals and states alike. Last year, the MOD said that they had investigated more than1000 attacks on th ...   read more

Threat Report Shows Surge in Malicious Attacks


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The annual threat report from Symantec shows that whilst email spam dropped last year when compared to 2010, malicious attacks and malware have surged. The take down of the Rustock botnet has had a direct impact on spam and this saw the incidence of pharmaceutical spam fall from 74% in 2010 to 40% in 2011. The take down also showed an impact on the number of bot zombies, which fell from 4,500,000 to 3,065,030. However, this appeared to have absolutely no bearing on malware as un ...   read more

UK Launch Computer Emergency Response Team


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An initiative designed to tackle national cybersecurity incidents has been officially launched in the UK to help protect businesses and government from cyber-attacks. CERT-UK (Computer Emergency Response Team) is based on the National Cyber Security Strategy which was published in 2011 and is a key move in "strengthening the UK’s response to cyber incidents”. The team is intended to protect and strengthen Britain’s cyber security, helping to make the country one of the safest in ...   read more

UK will boost cyber security during 2012 Olympics


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The British government is set to boost cyber security during the 2012 Olympic Games to "unprecedented levels", the country's top security adviser Sir Peter Ricketts has said. A specialist security unit will be set up and it will receive the support of British intelligence agency GCHQ.Speaking to the Times, Mr Ricketts said that China was hit by huge numbers of cyber security threats  read more

UN Net Meeting Hacked


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A meeting held on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the future of the internet was interrupted by hackers, who managed to knock some of the ITU’s websites offline. The UN's World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) meeting, currently ongoing in Dubai, is discussing the possibility of moving some of the control over the internet to move some of the power away from the US. The proposed changes to the International Telecommunications Regulation (ITR) would ...   read more

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