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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    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 [...]
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    UK Government mandates new cyber security standard for suppliers from 1 October – make sure you’re compliant

    Oct 01, 2014

    From today, 1 October 2014, the UK Government requires all organisations bidding for contracts which process commercially sensitive or personal information to be certified against the Cyber Essentials Scheme. Officially launched on 5 June 2014, organisations who successfully complete the scheme through a CREST (Certified Register of Ethical Security Testers) accredited supplier, will be awarded [...]
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    Handing over the keys to the crown jewels

    Sep 08, 2014

    We are all users of energy and water and very much take for granted that they are almost always there when we need them.  Working away in the background to make this so are a myriad of safety and mission critical industrial control and automation systems. For many years the organisations using such systems have [...]
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    Mobile password managers: are they really keeping your data secure?

    Aug 07, 2014

    As technology advances, it has become increasingly clear that desktop and laptop computers are becoming a thing of the past for the everyday user. Average consumer needs generally include online shopping, access to social media websites, the use of office programs and email accessibility. All those needs are now covered by smart phones and tablets, making the use of the traditional laptop and desktop almost obsolete – primarily due to the flexibility, power and autonomy of mobile devices.
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    Is your system an open goal for attackers?

    Jul 03, 2014

    The World Cup is happening now, and for all of us, whether we like football or are trying to pretend we are not interested at all, – it is very hard to ignore. Love it or hate it, we all know about it.
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    €100m investment at the fraction of the price

    Jun 23, 2014

    With news about data breaches and privacy continuing to claim regular columns in newspapers and analysts discussing the risks about handling big data, you may be wondering what the fuss is all about. But, if you start to look more closely at the level of risks involved, you could be easily thrown into a sea [...]
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    What to do if you’re using Windows XP

    May 30, 2014

    Microsoft recently announced that they have stopped providing support for one of their key operating systems. Windows XP was created in 2001 by Microsoft as part of their Windows NT family of operating systems and, during its 13 year lifespan, Windows XP became a staple for many PC users being used in peoples’ homes and [...]