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  • Cyber security – Local Warriors

    Cyber security – Local Warriors

    As in other walks of life, keeping it simple will resolve a lot of headaches and ensure organisations are easier to secure. However, every organisation will have a history; this is especially true for large organisations or those with extensive pasts. Security professionals will have to deal with these legacies as well as ensuring the security of tactical...

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  • Encryption – a King’s Ransom

    Encryption – a King’s Ransom

    Encryption is used to help protect critical data from unauthorised access and undetected alteration, but now underpins a key tool box of the cybercriminal seeking financial enrichment – ransomware. The malware known as “ransomware” is distributed and deployed from booby-trapped email attachments or hyperlinks. It denies data owners access to their...

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  • Robot Wars

    Robot Wars

    To date, cyber-attacks have been initiated by, and ultimately controlled by, humans. This is akin to the television combat competition, Robot Wars, where the robots are effectively the technical tools we use for offence or defence activities. However, we may be moving into new territories; artificial intelligence systems attempt to take advantage of moder...

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  • Attack of the Speculators

    Attack of the Speculators

    Since the revelation of a new class of vulnerabilities inherent in the speculative execution technology in Intel and other manufacturers CPUs (named ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ by their discoverers), Intel has published three new variants of these vulnerabilities; known as ‘L1 Terminal Faults’ (or L1TF), these are so-called because they affect CPU’s ...

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  • Cyber Security and Herd Immunity

    Cyber Security and Herd Immunity

    Improved hygiene and large-scale vaccination programmes have been shown effective in preventing the transmission of infections. In addition to conferring direct protection to immunised individuals, vaccination programmes also protect susceptible individuals who cannot be immunised. Herd immunity describes a situation where high levels of immunity exist wit...

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  • Cyber security as an enabler for innovation

    Cyber security as an enabler for innovation

    Innovation is critical to the ability of any organisation to continue to compete against its peers by attracting elevated consumer and B2B spend. Smaller companies are typically seen as being more innovative or at least appear to innovate at a faster pace. Part of this is due to size; it is easier and faster to implement change for a speedboat than for a s...

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  • ‘Uberisation’ – a sign of things to come?

    ‘Uberisation’ – a sign of things to come?

    In consulting, travels are unfortunately an occupational hazard, and I have used quite a few Ubers. Until automation takes over, I am having interesting conversations with human Uber drivers. Unbeknown to me, these chats became market research, where I was the one keenly taking mental notes; you can take the girl out of research, but not research out of th...

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  • Cybersecurity: what is the best solution?

    Cybersecurity: what is the best solution?

    An organisation’s cybersecurity strategy acts as the ‘glue’, or perhaps the ‘why’ for an entire programme; but a question I’ve heard being asked by senior management when trying to implement their cybersecurity strategy is ‘what is the best solution?’. Of course, once a strategy has been agreed upon, and high-level policies written, the next step ...

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  • “I was hacked”… or “how I was an idiot and forgot Two-Factor Authentication…..”
  • Artificial Intelligence in healthcare, an intelligent way forward?

    Artificial Intelligence in healthcare, an intelligent way forward?

    We may be a victim of our own success with regards to healthcare. Improved scientific understanding and ever-diligent, we are extremely proficient in the treatment and management of acute conditions, including infectious diseases. However, whilst this success has increased life expectancy, the perfect storm of an ageing population, sedentary lifestyles and...

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