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  • 22 Jun 2017 9:46 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The ninth-annual edition of one of the industry's most authoritative accounts of cybercrime trends brings you the latest findings on vulnerabilities, malware attacks, compromises, and more. The information contained in this 90-page report will keep you out of the dark and help guide your security decision-making over the next 12 months. Ten years ago, the prevailing information security paradigm was, fundamentally, still a reactive one focused on using anti-malware and IDS/IPS systems to defend the network against known threats. However, today’s world can’t afford that mind-set. The time for reactive thinking is over; it’s time to be proactive.

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  • 22 Jun 2017 9:45 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The headline story of 2016 threat landscape was the explosive growth of ransomware and the massive email campaigns that delivered it to organisations of all sizes around the world. Highly personalized, targeted email campaigns focus on exploiting people, not just their technology. Spear-phishing email campaigns, which target specific people rather than indiscriminately seeking victims, were automated to operate at scale. Despite their large numbers, many included multiple personal details specific to the targeted recipient. Social engineering campaigns used documents with malicious macros and other techniques that tricked users into installing malware.

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  • 17 Jun 2017 8:49 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Over the last five years the range of services that are vulnerable to fraud and corruption has grown. Not a day passes without hearing of the latest attempt to defeat the system. The fraudster and thief are becoming more sophisticated in their approach. The use of multiple data sources and sophisticated matching software has added to the intensity of the fight against fraud. The Cabinet Office have led and encouraged numerous projects which have not only achieved significant savings, but have heightened the awareness of the need to place the fight against fraud and corruption at the top of the public and private sector operational agendas.

  • 09 Jun 2017 10:19 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    FFA UK members take the threat of fraud extremely seriously and continuously invest in advanced detection and verification systems to protect customers, which stopped £6.40 in every £10 of attempted fraud last year. However, we know that criminals continue to attempt to circumvent these systems by targeting customers for their personal and security information. Impersonation and deception scams, as well as digital attacks, continue to be the primary factor behind financial fraud losses. That is why last year, Financial Fraud Action UK and its members, in collaboration with supporters in government and law enforcement, launched Take Five to Stop Fraud. The campaign seeks to put consumers and businesses back in control with straightforward advice to help prevent financial fraud

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  • 09 Jun 2017 10:17 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Protecting customers from fraud is the top priority for the payments industry, and Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) is at the forefront of the effort. FFA UK has been advancing the way which industry responds to fraud. The Banking Protocol, a collaboration between banks and local police services managed by FFA UK, is one such innovation. The protocol stops frauds in which victims are tricked into going into their local branch to withdraw or transfer funds to pass on to fraudsters. The launch of Take Five last year was a major step and, working with government and other sectors, the this campaign is set to grow in 2017. There are great examples of organisations using the Take Five brand for their fraud prevention work

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  • 13 May 2017 4:02 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    With almost one in every two crimes a fraud or cybercrime there has never been a more urgent time for organisations to be alert to both the external and internal fraud threat. Through Cifas, their members contributed over 325,000 cases of fraud to the national picture: the highest number ever recorded to CIFAS databases – the National Fraud Database and the Internal Fraud Database. 2016, saw a 1.2% increase in overall fraud recorded to our databases. Identity fraud reached the highest levels ever recorded with almost 173,000 cases reported by CIFAS member organisations. Fraudsters continued to focus on online applications, with 88% of identity frauds being internet-enabled.

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  • 12 May 2017 12:33 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    For the tenth time, the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) delves into the murky world of cybersecurity. It brings together the collective experience of 65 organizations to give you the full picture on cybercrime. 61% of the data breach victims in this year’s report are businesses with under 1,000 employees. 95% of phishing attacks that led to a breach were followed by some sort of software installation. While attackers are using new tactics and tricks, their overall strategies remain relatively unchanged. Understanding them is critical to knowing how to defend your organization from cyber-attacks

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  • 26 Apr 2017 3:54 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    This report details the findings from a quantitative and qualitative survey with UK businesses on cyber security. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) commissioned the survey as part of the National Cyber Security Programme, following a previous comparable study by the Department published in 2016. It was carried out by Ipsos MORI, in partnership with the Institute for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth. The 2017 survey again highlights that virtually all UK businesses covered by the survey are exposed to cyber security risks.

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  • 18 Apr 2017 3:11 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The Policing and Crime Act 2017 (‘the 2017 Act’) creates powers for HM Treasury to impose monetary penalties for breaches of financial sanctions. The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) is the part of the Treasury that applies these powers. This guidance sets out what the powers are, how OFSI will use them, and your rights if it imposes a monetary penalty on you.

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  • 13 Apr 2017 5:41 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    This report sets out the national themes that HMIC found in its 2016 inspection of police effectiveness. During this inspection, HMIC collected a modest amount of data relating to fraud, and during the course of the inspection came across a number of examples of force policy and practice designed to tackle it. HMIC also looked at the level of referrals from Action Fraud to each force and tested how individual forces then investigated these cases. HMIC found a very mixed picture with regard to fraud investigations.

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