Cyber Business ​Blog

7Safe's trusted cyber security experts share insights in this blog to help business executives understand, keep up-to-date and manage cyber security risks.

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  • PCI DSS

    Why you should treat PCI DSS as though it was the law

    Mar 20, 2015

  • This software seems a bit fishy…

    Mar 04, 2015

    Superfish?  No, it’s not a new comic book character, it’s the latest security issue taking the Internet by storm.  In the past few weeks, Lenovo were left rather red faced after news broke of the substantial privacy issues caused by the Superfish software, which came pre-installed on Lenovo notebook computers between September 2014 and February [...]
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    No smoke without malware: do you know E-Cigarettes can compromise your system?

    Feb 22, 2015

    2014 saw the e-cigarette (e-cig) boom in popularity and as people start making their New Year’s resolutions more smokers may consider it as an option in an attempt to give up. When the e-cig is lit up, it heats the liquid nicotine and the liquid turns into vapour, which is then vaped (a word which has also been recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary). Although vaping seems to be an easier alternative to going cold turkey, like many other gadgets available in the market, the e-cig is also vulnerable to security threats.
  • Please confirm your identity – what is your account number?

    Feb 03, 2015

    You’re watching TV at home and the phone rings… “Hello, this is Bob from Microsoft. How are you today? We’re investigating a large number of Windows problems that have been happening lately. Would you mind if I help you see if your system is affected?”
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    Online shopping security

    Jan 07, 2015

    Stephen Hancock BBC Radio Cambridge Stephen Hancock, information security expert at 7Safe's  technical security practice is interviewed on BBC Radio Cambridge. Stephen discusses the potential security vulnerabilities when consumers shop online. Stephen is asked whether online shoppers should be worried about hacking. Stephen explains: "Most online merchants do take payment security very seriously. Any company [...]
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    Whose fault is it anyway?

    Jan 05, 2015

    The news that Charge Anywhere, a US based payment gateway provider was breached, is maybe not a shock to InfoSec professionals but will rightly cause concern for merchants.  After all, if you can’t trust your payment gateway to be secure, who can you trust?    It is perhaps timely that this breach comes to light [...]
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    New PA report identifies need for more skilled capability to tackle growth in cybercrime

    Dec 16, 2014

    The use of technology to support or perpetrate crime is not new, but the extent at which technology is now being employed for criminal purposes is.  Thieves from all sides of the criminal spectrum – petty crooks to serious organised crime syndicates – can easily capitalise on the naivety of those who are unable or [...]
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    European arrests highlights danger of teen cyber-crime

    Nov 25, 2014

    Stephen Bailey, cyber security expert at 7Safe, a PA Consulting Group company is quoted in an article about teenage cyber-crime. The article addresses the growing number of teenagers using Remote Access Trojans (RATs) to commit theft online. Stephen explains that youth cyber-related crime is a worrying trend: “As tools such as RATs become more readily [...]
  • What will Cyber Essentials achieve?

    Oct 14, 2014

    Cyber Essentials is ‘a UK Government-backed scheme to help businesses in protecting themselves against cyber threats’.  The aim, of course, is to improve the standard of cyber security across UK business but also specifically to provide a means by which a company can ‘advertise the fact that it adheres to a government endorsed standard’.  From [...]
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    The Shellshock security vulnerability is not just a Linux issue

    Oct 10, 2014

    The media have been calling this “as bad as Heartbleed”, whilst some have been saying it’s much worse. It’s difficult to tell who is right, but one thing we can be sure about is that we have another serious vulnerability on our radar, called Shellshock and we need to think and act fast. So what [...]