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Cyber Security Monitoring and Logging Guide reported by Crest

A report called ‘Cyber Security Monitoring Guide’ has been released by Crest detailing how organisations need to focus their resources and attention deeper on security monitoring and logging issues to help detect potential Cyber-Security attempts. Crest, a “not for profit organisation that serves the needs of a technical information security marketplace” detailed their findings in the form of a guide. The aim of this guide is to provide practical advice how organisations can “manage logs effectively, deal with suspicious events, use cyber security intelligence and address challenges” providing focus on the following points: Identify potential indicators of compromise (IOC) at an early…

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98% of UK firms are lacking data insurance

The UK Government has announced that almost 98% of large UK firms are lacking data insurance which should work alongside measures such as remote offsite backup and mail archiving to help a company recover should they suffer from a serious cyber-attack. The Minister for the Cabinet Office- Francis Maude confirmed that cyber threats remain “one of the most significant – and growing – risks facing UK business” with “81% of large businesses and 60% of small businesses having suffered a cyber-security breach in the last year, and the average cost of breaches to business nearly doubling since 2013”. The report highlights…

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Simple IT Security Checks everyone should make

We often refer to IT Security checks in the sense of online activity such as anti-virus, firewalls, VPN access and strong passwords. But there is another area of IT Security checks people should make and that involves checking the IT Security of your physical assets. You may think your IT Security  is secure with your server having all the latest updates, your anti-virus installed and working for every user, your firewall locked down tighter than Colditz and your permissions and audit tracking being so secure that if anyone does anything they shouldn’t, it alarms instantly. But if your server is in…

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The Security of Data in the Cloud is now a Major Concern

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) a non-profit organisation (that recommends best practice for securing cloud data and cloud computing practices) believe the level of security of data in the cloud should be a cause of concern. These concerns were raised when they conducted a survey titled ‘Cloud Adoption, Practices and Priorities Survey Report’. In this report, the CSA surveyed over 200 IT and security professionals with over 72% admitting they “did not know the number of shadow IT apps within their organization, but certainly want to”. Over 61% of companies commented that the issues relating to the security of data in the cloud…

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7 Steps to Help Keep You Safe from Identity Theft

Criminals are known to harvest information for Identity Theft through a variety of methods. We’ve constructed a quick list of seven simple ways to help reduce your chance of being targeted for Identity Theft: 1. Tear up any rubbish that has your name and address on it. Criminals have been known to go looking through rubbish by hand to get the names and addresses of people. They then use this data to fraudulently set up credit cards and bank accounts. 2. Check your credit report every so often to ensure there are no loans, credit cards or other financial activities…

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Microsoft Appeals against US Demands for Cloud Data Stored in Ireland

Microsoft has launched an appeal in a US courtroom after refusing to provide the US with Cloud Data stored in Ireland because of a warrant that exists in the US. This appeal has been launch in conjunction with a ruling Judge Francis gave in April 2014 stating that the Government shouldn’t have to arrange a fresh warrant each time it requires data. Francis commented that “the burden on the government would be substantial, and law enforcement efforts would be seriously impeded if warrants for data did not cover this information”. Microsoft’s Deputy General Counsel David Howard replied saying “the US…

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Emergency Internet and Phone Data Law Passed

The UK Government has issued emergency powers to allow the police to continue to access internet and phone data legally in the UK. The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has secured the baking of the three main parties to ensure the public are protected from “criminals and terrorists” after the European Court of Justice struck down existing powers. Despite opposition from civil liberties campaigners, Cameron has defended the new internet and phone data laws’ citing the act is about maintaining existing capabilities – not introducing new snooping laws. He believes the new law will legally highlight the requirements and standards…

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Gartner Forecasts Physical Location of Data Irrelevant by 2020

Gartner predicts that by 2020, the physical location of data will become irrelevant and concerns will be replaced by a combination of other methods. Vice-President Researcher of Gartner- Carsten calculates that the exact physical location where companies store their data will become “increasingly irrelevant” in the post-Prism era and that the actual location will be determined by a combination of political, legal and logical considerations. The technology research and analytic firm Gartner who offers ‘World-class objective insight on virtually any area of IT’ has discovers that the number of data residency and sovereignty discussions has dramatically risen in the last year stalling…

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Data Roaming Costs to Reduce

The European Commission has announced that from the 1st July 2014, data roaming costs are to be dramatically reduced within Europe. Currently, the cap for downloads is set at 45 cents per megabyte, however with the new announcement, this will be more than halved so operators are not able to charge more than 20 cents per megabyte. The European Commission have also announced that they will order operators to also reduce the cost for telephone calls and mobile texts.  Currently, operators can charge 24 cents per minute, however this will be reduced by 21% to 19 cents per minutes along…

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A Smarter Way to Manage Your Backup

How easy is it for you to extract information from your backup tapes? In most circumstances, finding specific data from backup can be complex and time consuming, requiring you to extract more information than required and resulting in high costs. In response to current legal, compliance and regulation requirements, using our hosted platform we can make the culling process time and costs effective. By indexing and cataloguing your backup you are able to directly access and cull data prior to extraction so only relevant search response data is forensically copied off the source backup tapes. The hosted platform automates the…

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