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The top 10 cyber security risks

The top 10 cyber security risks
Cyber security is never far from the news – from utility hacks in Eastern Europe to automotive security breaches in the US, the profligacy of connected devices in our modern world mean the hacking barbarians are well and truly at our gates, and the means by which they force entry is ever-evolving and increasingly sophisticated. Electronic Specifier’s Joe Bush takes a look at the main cyber security risks.
12th September 2017

Going cone-tactless for summer

Going cone-tactless for summer
In response to 40% of people saying they are put off by long queues at ice cream vans, Barclaycard has announced it is piloting ‘Contactless Cones’ – a refreshing solution to reduce the time it takes to get a sweet treat. The self-serve ice cream van pilot will dramatically reduce the average wait time of almost eight minutes by introducing contactless technology to a typically cash-only service.
30th August 2017

One in ten company bosses lack cyber attack training

One in ten company bosses lack cyber attack training
  According to The Cyber Governance Health Check, an annual survey carried out by the UK government, more than two thirds (68%) of companies say their directors have no training in responding to cyber attacks. Of 105 businesses in the FTSE 350 surveyed, one in ten revealed they have no plan to cope with hacking.
22nd August 2017


Launch of Android 8.0: Android Oreo

Launch of Android 8.0: Android Oreo
After yesterday's announcement of Android Oreo, you can now dowload it if you have one of the following compatible devices: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel or Pixel XL. If you have already installed Developer Preview 4, an update to Android Oreo will be suggested to you, otherwise you will have to install Oreo yourself. In order to do this you should back up any data on your devices and then download the factory images.
22nd August 2017

Recycled TV signals power the British countryside

Recycled TV signals power the British countryside
We have heard a lot about the digital switchover recently, but now it turns out it has come in use in more ways than one. The TV broadcast frequencies that were leftover from the switchover are going to plug the broadband gap in a part of rural Monmouthshire. This pilot scheme will see TV white space used to send a high-speed broadband signal from a standard mast.
9th August 2017

Never lose your car keys ever again!

Never lose your car keys ever again!
Expected to break $3.5bn by 2019, the personal tracking market is experiencing significant growth. From health and fitness monitors to pet trackers, wearables are very much the ‘in’ thing. Santa Barbara-based TrackR is a startup which leverages technology to revolutionise how consumers keep track of their everyday items such as their keys and phone.
2nd August 2017

How to train your hacker

How to train your hacker
Last month in Bristol the first weekend camp for teenage hackers took place. The National Crime Agency (NCA) set up the course to 'redirect' hackers from a life of crime. The pupils were encouraged to use their talents for good through cyber skills workshops and advice about careers in computer security. According to Ethan Thomas, an operations officer in the NCA's Prevent team, which engages with young cyber-offenders, the attendees chosen were known to police because they had been caught carrying out one or more computer crimes.
2nd August 2017

Let's cut costs in half with new wireless lighting

Let's cut costs in half with new wireless lighting
There are as much as 20% of building operations costs that could be saved simply by turning the light off when it is not needed, or at least reducing the time that lights are left on when no-one is there. Lighting accounts for around 40% of building operation costs, and this can be a huge financial drain for companies.
1st August 2017

10 facts about chip enabled credit cards

10 facts about chip enabled credit cards
Change is almost always a good thing, even if it be a tad uncomfortable at first. The same can be said about the new chip enabled credit cards in the US. It might take a bit of effort from the customers as well as merchants, but switching to the new credit cards is secure, reliable and will help curb credit card fraud to a very large extent. Tech blogger Ann Neal explains. 
28th July 2017

How do you make sure that you are IoT ready?

How do you make sure that you are IoT ready?
When it comes to the IoT, there are huge challenges involved in moving beyond proof of concept projects into real commercial, large scale IoT deployments. 
25th July 2017

Tracking and IoT system touches down for vehicle fleet owners

Tracking and IoT system touches down for vehicle fleet owners
Originally for general aviation customers, back in June the Rock Seven was launched, and now it is bringing its innovative RockAIR tracking system back down to earth by officially making it available for land-based applications. The move is a result of high levels of interest in RockAIR’s low-cost, dual mode communication and feature packed approach to tracking and safety, already received from land vehicle fleet owners and operators in government, charity and commercial organisations.
20th July 2017

Worldwide ransomware attack - money or destruction?

Worldwide ransomware attack - money or destruction?
Many organisations this week in Europe and the US have been hit by the ransomware attack now known as ‘Petya’.  The spiteful software has spread through large firms and PCs with data being locked up and help for a ransom. Kaspersky Labs has reported that as many as 60% of the systems infected by the Petya ransomware were located within Ukraine, far more than anywhere else. 
3rd July 2017

Putting cyber security under the spotlight

Putting cyber security under the spotlight
At an event taking place at Leeds Beckett University on 6th July, the hot topic of cyber security is to be explored. Speakers will include Dr Z. Cliffe Schreuders, Director of the Cybercrime and Security Innovation (CSI) Centre at Leeds Beckett, Dan Taylor, Head of Cyber Security at NHS Digital, and Stuart Hyde QPM, Regional Ambassador for Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP). The Cyber Security Networking event will take place at Broadcasting Place on Thursday 6th July from 8.30-11am.
3rd July 2017

WannaCry virus causes Honda's production plant to shut down

WannaCry virus causes Honda's production plant to shut down
Honda was forced to halt production at one of its Japanese plants on 19th June after it became the latest victim of the WannaCry cyber attack that brought parts of the NHS to a standstill last month. At the Sayama plant, northwest of Tokyo, hackers exploited weaknesses in Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system; they locked files and demanded payment to secure data. Honda has said that the plant used older computers which were not secure enough. 
22nd June 2017

US blames North Korea for hacking spree

US blames North Korea for hacking spree
  The US government has issued a rare alert squarely blaming the North Korean government for a raft of cyber attacks stretching back to 2009 and warning that more were likely.
14th June 2017

How data proved key to Benfica’s title winning season

How data proved key to Benfica’s title winning season
Lisbon-based football club, Benfica, are the most successful club in Portugal, having captured 36 Primeira Liga titles since the club was founded in 1904. The most recent of these came this season and was their fourth championship in a row.
6th June 2017

UK political campaigns at risk of cyber attack

UK political campaigns at risk of cyber attack
As the UK’s general election fast approaches, a leading security expert has warned that a British political party will be at risk of a cyber attack. Whether it be an email hack or phishing, it seems that the question is not if it will happen, but when. Speaking to The Guardian, James Norton, a former official at the US Department of Homeland Security and head of the security consultancy Play-Action Strategies, said: “It wouldn’t surprise me if there’s already been some emails stolen… it would surprise me if it didn’t happen.”
31st May 2017

Consortium looks to integrate everyday items into IoT

Consortium looks to integrate everyday items into IoT
To allow for the integration of electronics into a wide range of everyday items, the Necomada consortium has announced that it will be addressing the material challenges associated with IoT. The Necomada (Nano-Enabled Conducting Materials Accelerating Device Applicability) project, which involves the collaboration of 13 partners, incorporates advanced functional materials to develop customised inks and flexible adhesives that are compatible with high volume manufacturing platforms, with an emphasis on low-cost production.
18th May 2017

I want a photography tutorial... and make it snappy!

I want a photography tutorial... and make it snappy!
If you take a look at Apple’s YouTube account you will find in its most recent uploads, the company is trying out something a little different, but so exciting. Rather than adding more videos and ads about how great the iPhone is, there are a series of short tutorials that have been published about how to actually use the camera.
17th May 2017

The best and worst UK cities for 4G coverage revealed

The best and worst UK cities for 4G coverage revealed
  When planning your next move, perhaps you should take into consideration the results of consumer group Which? And analyst OpenSignal’s recent report. After measuring data from mobile phones across 20 UK cities, the best and worst locations for 4G coverage have been revealed.
4th May 2017


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