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This Week’s Top 4 Cybersecurity Headlines

7 June 2019 by UKFast

Cybersecurity Updates BannerBasic cybersecurity issues are NCSC’s top challenge

The CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre, Ciaran Martin, says improving weak cybersecurity in businesses is a priority for the agency. Focussing on practical support and making the internet and technology safer to use should work alongside this.

Speaking at InfoSecurity Europe 2019 in London, Martin said the biggest threat to online safety is poor cybersecurity. He urged, “ We have got to get away from fear-based cybersecurity as that approach has only led to poor behaviour and poor cybersecurity outcomes.”

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Firms face bespoke cyber-attacks, study reveals

An academic dark web study has exposed prolific availability and demand for tailored malware, network access and corporate espionage services, suggesting many firms’ cyber defences are below standard.

According to the report on cybercriminal markets on the dark web by Surrey University, since 2016 there has been a 20% rise in the number of dark net listings that have the potential to harm enterprises.

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Facebook could announce its own cryptocurrency

Next month may see the announcement of Facebook’s plan to launch its own digital coin, according to a new report from The Information. Users would be able to store, trade and exchange its digital currency for real money through WhatsApp and Facebook.

The social media giant started exploring possible opportunities with blockchain last year. This led to speculation that it could be developing its own cryptocurrency called GlobalCoin for use on its own platform.

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PAC report criticises government’s cybersecurity strategy

A new report from the Public Accounts Committee is highly critical of the Cabinet Office’s approach to tackling cybercrime. It reveals that the UK government has not done enough when it comes to developing long-term objectives for the National Cyber Security Strategy.

According to the report, the current strategy covers the five-year period from 2016 to 2021 and has been “hampered by a weak evidence base and lack of business case.” It urges for more data to be collected going forward.

What else did the report reveal? >

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