Entries by Mike Casey

Remote working is driving a wedge between employees and IT support

Extended remote working could be driving a wedge between workers and IT teams, who continue to lack visibility over large swathes of the remote workforce, new research suggests. With recent findings from Gartner revealing that nearly half (47%) of all organizations will continue to embrace a fully remote workforce beyond COVID-19, mobile management software firm NetMotion set […]

Ransomware Tops 2020 Threat Rankings

Ransomware was the most observed threat in 2020, according to a global corporate investigations and risk consulting firm based in New York City. Kroll‘s proprietary data on cyber incident response cases shows that ransomware attacks accounted for over one-third of all cases as of September 1, 2020. While this particular form of malware has struck […]

H&M Fined €35.2m for GDPR Violations

The world’s second-biggest fashion retailer was today handed a monumental fine for violating the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). A German subsidiary of Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) was fined €35,258,707.95 by regulatory body the Hamburg Data Protection Authority (HmbBfDI) for excessive use of employee data. H&M employs around 126,000 people globally. The fine imposed […]

Ransomware: from Entry to Ransom in Under 45 Minutes

Ransomware gangs are performing wide-ranging internet scans to find vulnerable systems and then accelerating attacks to just minutes to capitalize on COVID-19, Microsoft has warned. Corporate VP of customer security and trust, Tom Burt, revealed the findings in a blog post introducing the firm’s Digital Defense Report yesterday. He claimed that threat actors have “rapidly increased sophistication” […]

How to perform an effective IT risk assessment

“You can never protect yourself 100 per cent. What you do is protect yourself as much as possible and mitigate risk to an acceptable degree. You can never remove all risk.” So said Kevin Mitnick, arguably the world’s most famous hacker. Indeed, the ever-presence of risk makes performing IT risk assessments critical for every business. […]

Most UK Firms Admit #COVID19 Cloud Security Threat

Most UK firms are set to increase digital adoption after admitting that the cloud saved their business from collapse during the early months of the COVID-19 crisis, but security remains a persistent challenge, according to new research. Identity management vendor Centrify surveyed 200 business decision makers in large and medium-sized UK firms in September, in […]

Report Outlines Importance of Providing Engaging User Awareness Training

The way cybersecurity awareness training is conducted in organizations has a huge bearing on employees’ subsequent security outlook and behaviors, according to a new report from Osterman Research. The researchers discovered that users who found security training “very interesting” were over 13-times more likely to make “fundamental changes” to how they think about security compared to those […]