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Is lockdown helping to bridge the cyber-diversity gap?

11.9.2020 by Yasmin Duggal

On top of the pressing cyber-skills gap across the industry, there is an acknowledged lack of diversity in the UK’s cyber sector. Diversity breeds diversity – and for defence capabilities to continue advancing, it’s crucial the whole sector begins to employ a wider range of people from different backgrounds who can offer new perspectives and diverse skills.   The next generation of cyber professionals  The pandemic is increasing the already-high demand for cybersecurity professionals as the number of cyber-attacks and data breaches continue to rise, and gaps in businesses’ security strategies are exposed. In a positive step this summer, the GCHQ’s CyberFirst cybersecurity training programme saw an increase in participants as learning shifted online.   Most impressively, this highlighted a 60% increase in the number of girls who applied for the summer cyber courses when compared to last year’s intake. The number of young people applying to take part rose year on year, with a promising 31% increase in applications from male applicants, too.…

Whatsup Docs?

19.3.2014 by Jenn Granger

While to some of us, a phishing scam may sound like tricking your friends into thinking you caught a big pike at the weekend (OK, I don’t fish either), it’s actually something much more sinister. Well, depending on how you…

Fridays at UKFast – 21st Feb

21.2.2014 by Jenn Granger

What a week it's been for tech! We've had the new domain name extensions, how being outside of London could be better for your data, the lowdown on the NHS care.data scheme, and how to stay healthy in front of…

Protect yourself from Spear Phishing: Security Through Obscurity

11.12.2012 by Alice Cullen

Here’s a question: what’s tripled in the last year, cost organisations £808 million in financial losses and lost business, and produces 8 victims for every 100,000 targeted users? Answer: spear phishing. Fraud is now recognised as one of the most…

Proving Site Security with EV SSL Certificates

7.12.2012 by Alice Cullen

As online shoppers become increasingly savvy to the cyber threats they face and the cyber threats themselves increase in complexity and frequency, how do you prove that you are who you say you are online? Once upon a time SSL…

Join the US ‘Cyber Geek Army’

1.11.2012 by Alice Cullen

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reported to be implementing a 'Cyber Reserve' of computer security experts to counter cyber-attacks, building their very own cyber geek army. March with the Cyber Reserve War has changed. Long gone are the…

HSBC Hit by Major DDoS Attack

22.10.2012 by Alice Cullen

High street bank HSBC has finally recovered access to its websites, which were rendered inaccessible for ten hours last Friday. The attack began on 18 October, denying access to several HSBC sites and the First Direct online bank. HSBC's statement…

Energy Firms Hit by Wave of Cyber Attacks

6.9.2012 by Alice Cullen

Oil and energy firms have become the renewed focus of cyber attacks but rather than Stuxnet-style SCADA-hitters, these worms are data-deleting demons. Not so long ago the energy industry was shaken by the discovery of the biggest cyber threat to…

First Password-Stealing Trojan Hits Linux Users

3.9.2012 by Alice Cullen

Virus-free Macs and Linux OS a thing of the past as first cross-platform password-pinching virus discovered. The first cross-platform Trojan to run under Linux and Mac OS X has been discovered by Russian security firm Dr Web. The 'backdoor' program…

E-Crime Costs UK Retailers £200m a Year

23.8.2012 by Alice Cullen

Have you been a victim of cybercrime in the past year? According to the latest research most of you have and it’s costing UK retail as a whole more than £200m each year. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has carried…