Articles about cybersecurity

Seek 'passion' and tech skills will follow, say recruiting security chiefs

Plugging the infosec skills gap with expensive consultants or by trying to hire already skilled people won't fix recruitment headaches, Thom Langford, CISO at Publicis Groupe, insisted at the #IRISSCERT conference in Dublin this week. He argued that the industry should be looking for "passionate people and inspire them", …
John Leyden, 24 Nov 2017

'Treat infosec fails like plane crashes' – but hopefully with less death and twisted metal

The world has never been so dependent on computers, networks and software so ensuring the security and availability of those systems is critical. Despite this, major security events resulting in loss of data, services, or financial loss are becoming increasingly commonplace. Brian Honan, founder and head of Ireland's first …
John Leyden, 24 Nov 2017

Once more unto the breach: El Reg has a go at crisis management

Hacks played representatives of a hacked company in an incident response exercise run by F-Secure this week. The Live Security product interactive workshop was based on an actual customer experience adapted for a media audience. Around 20 members of the international media became the board members and managers of a company …
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2017

Fending off cyber attacks as important as combatting terrorism, says new GCHQ chief

Keeping the UK safe from cyber attacks is now as important as fighting terrorism, the new GCHQ boss has said. Jeremy Fleming, director of the signals intelligence service, said increased funding for GCHQ was being spent on making it a "cyber-organisation" as much as an intelligence and counter-terrorism unit. Fleming, who …
John Leyden, 9 Oct 2017

Ransomware keeping cops, NHS and local UK gov bods awake at night

Cybersecurity bods at the Met Police, NHS and the Local Government Association in the UK believe ransomware will be one of the biggest threats facing the British public sector next year. Speaking at the Cyber Security in Healthcare event at the UK Health Show in London, the public sector heads discussed the predicted …
Kat Hall, 28 Sep 2017

What is the cyber equivalent of 'use of force'? When do we send in the tanks?

Cloudflare Internet Summit The United States needs to define a new set of international rules that decides what the cyber equivalent of a missile attack is. So says Avril Haines, former deputy head of the CIA and deputy national security advisor to the Obama Administration. Speaking at the Cloudflare Internet Summit in San Francisco Thursday, Haines …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Sep 2017

UK infrastructure failing to meet the most basic cybersecurity standards

More than a third of national critical infrastructure organisations have not met basic cybersecurity standards issued by the UK government, according to Freedom of Information requests by Corero Network Security. The FoIs were sent in March 2017 to 338 organisations including fire and rescue services, police forces, ambulance …
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2017

Cybersecurity world faces 'chronic shortage' of qualified staff

The number one issue facing cybersecurity firms is a "chronic shortage" of qualified staff. That's according to the founder of market analyst Cybersecurity Ventures, Steve Morgan. "The single biggest trend, globally, is that there are chronic work shortages of qualified cyber security staff. It's an absolute epidemic," Morgan …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Aug 2017
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Identity fraud in the UK at 'epidemic' levels as cases rise 5% – report

There were almost 90,000 cases of identify fraud recorded in the first six months of 2017 – 5 per cent higher than the first half of last year, according to data released today. Fraud prevention firm Cifas, which released the figures, said identity fraud was rising at record levels and now accounts for more than half of all …
Rebecca Hill, 23 Aug 2017

Hand in your notice – by 2022 there'll be 350,000 cybersecurity vacancies

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will force European organisations to expand their cyber workforce, causing demand to outstrip the supply of expertise. Two in five governments and companies will expand their cybersecurity divisions by more than 15 per cent in the next 12 months, according to a survey by the …
John Leyden, 7 Jun 2017
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China cyber-security law will keep citizens' data within the Great Firewall

China's new cyber-security laws, which come into effect on Thursday, may make it harder for foreign businesses to trade in the country. Under the regulations, data on Chinese citizens – including personal information, salary details and more – can only be kept within China. The law would also prevent the transmission of any …
John Leyden, 1 Jun 2017
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Security shield slingers are loving Prez Trump's cybersecurity order

US President Donald Trump's cybersecurity executive order, signed on Thursday after a series of delays, will make federal agency heads accountable for protecting their networks. On the other side of the fence, computer security product makers have broadly welcomed the policy, which also calls on government and industry to …
John Leyden, 16 May 2017
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Trump signs executive order on cybersecurity, White House now runs the show

President Donald Trump has signed his long-promised executive order on cybersecurity – and it says the executive branch will take overall command of securing America's critical IT systems. During his campaign, Trump promised a missive on cybersecurity within 90?days of taking office, but delayed the signing in late January. …
Iain Thomson, 11 May 2017

Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?

Analysis On January 6, president-elect Donald Trump had a meeting with the heads of the intelligence services and came out with one action point: cybersecurity. "Whether it is our government, organizations, associations or businesses we need to aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks," an official statement read. "I will appoint a …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Apr 2017
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NSA hacking chief's mission impossible: Advising White House on cybersecurity

NSA hacking crew bossman Rob Joyce is set to join US President Donald Trump's National Security Council as a cybersecurity adviser. Joyce headed up the NSA's Tailored Access Operations division, the spy agency's elite computer exploitation squad. Whispers have been sloshing around since the weekend that Joyce was tapped to …
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2017
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FCC under fire for trying to ditch cybersecurity

Analysis The ideological goal of "light touch regulation" as proposed by the new head of the US FCC has hit a barrier: cybersecurity. As the federal regulator of all things telecom, the FCC has been increasingly pulled into efforts to secure the United States' online infrastructure against attacks, just as have many other federal …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Mar 2017

Cybersecurity rules toughened up for NY financial firms

Major financial firms operating in New York need to comply with tougher cybersecurity rules that came into effect this week. The regulation [PDF] by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) covers issues ranging from the maintenance of written policies, testing, governance and auditing, to detection, defence …
John Leyden, 3 Mar 2017
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US Homeland Security is so secure even its own staff can't log in

US Department of Homeland Security staff returning to work on Tuesday after the Presidents' Day holiday have apparently had a tough time getting computer systems to function. DHS staff say they weren't able to log into computer systems at their offices in Washington DC, when clocking on this morning. Staff in at least four …
Iain Thomson, 21 Feb 2017

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