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Over three quarters of UK workforce lack basic cyber training

Over three quarters of UK workforce lack basic cyber training
There is 77% of UK workers that admit that they have never received any form of cyber skills training from their employer, according to a new study from Centrify, a leading provider of cloud-ready Zero Trust Privilege to secure modern enterprises. The news comes at the start of European Union’s CyberSecMonth, designed to raise awareness of cybersecurity threats, promote cybersecurity among citizens and organisations; and provide resources to protect themselves online, through education and sharing of good practices.
11th October 2019

London hit with nearly one million cyber attacks every month

London hit with nearly one million cyber attacks every month
Cyber criminals have launched nearly three million attacks on the City of London, the governing body of the City of London, in the first three months of 2019, according to official figures. The findings, which were released under Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation, paint a disturbing picture of the threats posed to the 10,000 residents of the CoL as well as ten million annual tourists and 400,000 daily commuters who enter the city.
23rd August 2019

Nightmare on IoT security street

Nightmare on IoT security street
Security is becoming a major headache for IoT companies. Steve Rogerson looks at the risks. The dream of billions of connected devices comes with a security nightmare as even a small vulnerability in a cheap consumer device can lead to a massive problem. While most people are not that concerned about a minor hack on a connected fridge or kettle, the problem is what the hacker can do once connected.
13th August 2019


The Tech XLR8 show explains how industry makes vision a reality

The Tech XLR8 show explains how industry makes vision a reality
The industrial world is undergoing a technology revolution, as Steve Rogerson found out at the Tech XLR8 show, part of the London Tech Week, at Excel. Automation has been part of the industrial world for decades, but the transformation that the Industrial IoT (IIoT) can and is bringing to factories is like nothing the industry has ever seen before. 
17th July 2019

Five tips on how to ensure cyber security

Five tips on how to ensure cyber security
Every time sitting at the computer, the user wants to perform the set task as quickly as possible (download or send something, find the necessary file). In pursuit of speed, defence mechanisms that put personal information or important data at risk are often completely ignored. By Hillary Walker
27th June 2019

5G beamforming transceiver is more accurate, less expensive

5G beamforming transceiver is more accurate, less expensive
5G technology will roll out soon, and researchers all over the world are working hard on the tools that will usher in the next generation of mobile communications. Much of the press coverage about 5G technology discusses how it offers faster speeds with virtually no latency. But the communications equipment used for older-generation communications won't work with 5G. By Kayla Matthews
25th June 2019

How access management is playing a key role in enhancing cyber security

How access management is playing a key role in enhancing cyber security
Having attended my first Infosecurity Europe event this month, my eyes have well and truly been opened as to how much protection companies and individuals need from ongoing cyber threats. Cyber security issues are becoming a day to day struggle for businesses. Research from the Varonis Global Data Risk Report shows that most companies have unprotected data and poor cyber security practises in place.
19th June 2019

How are hackers controlling the world?

How are hackers controlling the world?
While almost everyone uses the internet and believes they know what it is, few are actually well-versed not only with what the internet was supposed to be, but how it has transformed into a tool that is equally useful and dangerous. It’s a topic cyber security expert Keith Sutherland has worked at the heart of for four decades.
14th May 2019

IoT to place automotive HMI systems on a high growth course

IoT to place automotive HMI systems on a high growth course
Growing of IoT coupled with significant demand for vehicle automation will remain instrumental in driving the growth of automotive HMI systems market. Sales of automotive HMI systems is also impacted by a number of macroeconomic and industry-specific factors including growing technological advancements with a refocus on sustainability and the ‘green movement’ albeit various regulatory directives for manufacturers of automotive human machine interface systems market.
26th April 2019

The roadmap for creating ‘smart cities’

The roadmap for creating ‘smart cities’
Last summer, Sadiq Khan published his ‘smart city roadmap’ for London. With its overarching goal of creating a fairer, more prosperous and more equal place for all Londoners, the Major of London’s plan is just one example of how major global cities are leveraging technology and data to improve the lives of citizens and visitors alike. By Oliver Gassmann, Jonas Bohm and Maximilian Palmie
25th April 2019

UK university defences easily defeated by hackers

UK university defences easily defeated by hackers
Ethical hackers from Jisc were tasked with testing the cyber defences of UK universities, to see how long it would take them to access high value data. Recently, UK university research projects have more frequently become the target of hacking and data breeches, with reportedly more than 1,000 attacks in 2018.
4th April 2019

How smart homes will take over the world

How smart homes will take over the world
You hear a lot about home automation these days and it continues to be a hot topic. It includes all sorts of ingenious inventions that will save you time and money. However, is it possible to automate your backyard as well?  
24th January 2019

New periodic table factors in impact of smartphone disposal

New periodic table factors in impact of smartphone disposal
We are living in a very disposable age and there is no better illustration of this than the smartphone industry. When the humble mobile phone first started to become ubiquitous back in the late 1990s, it was unthinkable that it would be a device that we would simply toss away after 12 to 18 months. However, as the number of devices has increased, they have become a far more disposable commodity.  
22nd January 2019

The worst data breaches of 2018

The worst data breaches of 2018
In 2018 the world has experienced the worst data breaches in major businesses. This unplanned or unintended discharge of confidential information to unauthorised parties has left the global business community in shock and loss.
21st December 2018

From bots to breaches: what's next for connected tech in 2019?

From bots to breaches: what's next for connected tech in 2019?
This year, we have witnessed yet another surge in technological developments. From giant leaps in robotics as showcased by the rise in automated warehouses, to further business applications of machine learning and IoT – such as Microsoft Azure’s enhanced capabilities to run industrial IoT workloads and training machine learning models – 2018 has been a year of great technological advances. So, with the New Year fast upon us, is 2019 set to be just as bright?
10th December 2018

The decision maker’s handbook to data science

The decision maker’s handbook to data science
The terms ‘big data’ and ‘machine learning’ twist most non-technical decision makers into a frenzy of fear and confusion. But while they’re the buzzwords of the moment, the trend toward data-driven business decisions is actually the way of the future, and now it’s a competitive edge anyone can deploy with ease. It’s all down to a new guide by Dr. Stylianos Kampakis, ‘The Decision Maker’s Handbook to Data Science: A guide for non-technical executives, managers and founders’, which gives laypeople everything they need to incorporate data science into their day-to-day business activities.
7th December 2018

electronica 2018 Cyber Security Forum

electronica 2018 Cyber Security Forum
Security is the key feature in any electronics system or product, whether it is embedded in the hardware or implemented using software. Hosted by Electronic Specifier, the Cyber Security Forum at electronica will offer a range of solutions from four key industry sectors. The forum will take place on 14th-15th November, hall C3, stand 534.
30th October 2018

How a VPN Can Keep You Safe

Last week, seven Russian hackers working for the GRU Russian military intelligence agency were indicted by the US Department of Justice for a vast hacking campaign against various international organizations. The Russian agents were caught parking vehicles outside of target international institutions or hotels and hacking into WiFi networks.
23rd October 2018

Keeping up with the changing face of security

We have been lucky in 2018 after the terror that tore across Europe and the UK in 2016 - 2017 with vehicle, knife and bomb attacks happening in Nice, London Bridge, Westminster, Manchester and Barcelona. These are just a few of the places left reeling from a wave of extremism targeting people going about their normal lives and enjoying themselves. The often crudeness of the weaponry used belies the sophistication of many of the attacks. By Philip Ingram MBE
13th September 2018

Living in a hyper-connected world

Living in a hyper-connected world
Connectivity is now part of everyday life. From the moment we wake up, to the minute we go to sleep (and now even during our sleep), we’re continually connected. Whether it be via a smartwatch, smartphone or smart car, people are increasingly becoming ‘switched on’. The reason for this is that we are constantly aiming to better our lives. But, with so much connectivity afoot, what happens if the network fails and what can we do to avoid potential down-time?
10th August 2018


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