Andy Bates, executive director of the Global Cyber Alliance, shares his insights on key cybersecurity and fraud challenges facing UK organizations in the year ahead, with an emphasis on:
How defenders and defenses must adapt
Ransomware attacks remain the top cyber-enabled threat seen by law enforcement. But phishing, business email compromises and other types of fraud - many now using a COVID-19 theme - also loom large, Europol warns in its latest Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment.
According to EY, consumers, regulations, and business concerns are driving UK public and private sector industries to re-examine their data disposition processes, particularly for sensitive and personal information. We'll show how UK enterprises can ensure data security at data end-of-life, comply with data protection...
What's one of the worst things that can happen during a pandemic? The answer is anything that gives people less reason to trust in their public health system to handle the crisis. Enter a data breach that has exposed personal information for everyone who's ever tested positive for the disease in Wales.
The number of cybersecurity incidents reported to the U.K.'s data privacy watchdog has continued to decline, recently plummeting by nearly 40%. But is the quantity of data breaches going down, or might organizations be failing to spot them or potentially even covering them up?
Marriott faces another lawsuit, filed in Britain, over the breach of its Starwood guest reservation system. The breach ran from 2014 to 2018 - Marriott acquired Starwood in 2016 - and exposed personal information for an estimated 7 million customers in the U.K.
Scammers have reportedly been putting one over on customers of the famous Ritz London, which says it is "aware of a potential data breach within our food and beverage reservation system, which may have compromised some of our clients' personal data." No payment card data was exposed, it says.
The U.K.'s privacy watchdog is probing banking giant Barclays over its use of employee monitoring tools after the bank in February reportedly shifted from anonymized tracking to giving managers the ability to view data for individual employees.
How many different shades of bizarre is the data breach notification issued by software vendor Blackbaud? Over the course of three paragraphs, Blackbaud normalizes hacking, congratulates its amazing cybersecurity team, and says it cares so much for its customers that it paid a ransom to attackers.
Apple and Google have released new APIs designed to support contact-tracing apps being developed by governments to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Already at least three U.S. states and 22 countries have expressed interest in using the APIs to build their apps.
European budget airline EasyJet says it suffered a data breach that exposed 9 million customers' personal details. While no passport details were exposed, the company's ongoing investigation has also found that attackers "accessed" a small number - just 2,208 - of customers' payment card details.
If an organization fails to stop a ransomware attack, how does it recover the data? Backups, of course, are essential. But Peter Marelas of Dell Technologies says organizations should have a well-developed strategy for backups because attackers are increasingly targeting those systems as well.
Supermarket giant Morrisons is not liable for a data breach caused by a rogue employee, Britain's Supreme Court has ruled, bringing to a close the long-running case - the first in the country to have been filed by data breach victims.
The UK Public Sector DNS Service is one of the NCSC's most widely deployed Active Cyber Defence capabilities across the public sector to date. The NCSC has partnered with Government Digital Services (GDS) and Nominet to provide the Protective DNS service.
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Human error looks to be the obvious culprit in an accidental data breach by Britain's Cabinet Office, which published the home addresses of celebrities such as Elton John and Olivia Newton-John when it released a list of individuals set to be recognized for their contributions to British society.