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  • 05 Apr 2017 2:18 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    American and European critical infrastructure executives were beginning to wrap their minds around the devastation of the Office of Personnel Management, ransomware erupted onto the scene. We then experienced concentrated DDoS attacks such as the Mirai botnet attack on Dyn, which enabled a quantum leap for cyber criminals of even the most novice of technical aptitude to wreak havoc on targeted organizations at the click of a button or for less than one bitcoin. Unfortunately, adversaries continue to evolve, and cyber defence remains a reactionary culture


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  • 01 Apr 2017 10:57 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    This year’s report consolidates the financial performance of 269 legal firms covering the financial year end 2016 and also reviews the actual performance predicted by firms in late 2015. Findings suggest that one in four of all legal firms have been the subject of a criminal attack and some of them would have incurred a financial loss and potentially reputational damage. The figure is 16% for small firms, 31% for large firms and 28% for very large firms. There are some significant regional differences with the North East & North West suffering in 37% of firms while in Scotland just 9% of firms suffered in this way.

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  • 01 Apr 2017 10:54 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    This Phase 4 report by the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions evaluates and makes recommendations on the United Kingdom’s (UK) implementation of the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions and related instruments. The report details the UK’s particular achievements and challenges in this regard, including with respect to enforcement of anti-foreign bribery laws, as well as the progress the UK has made since its Phase 3 evaluation of March 2012.

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  • 21 Mar 2017 9:15 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The survey was undertaken to initiate a conversation with the public about cyber security and cyber crime, and how citizens, businesses and services can work together to make being online safe and enjoyable for all. It is part of a wider commitment by Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner to put local communities at the heart of policing and public services in Staffordshire. Read what is being done to make Staffordshire safer online.

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  • 16 Mar 2017 12:34 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The cyber threat to UK business is significant and growing. In the three months since the NCSC was created, the UK has been hit by 188 high-level attacks which were serious enough to warrant NCSC involvement, and countless lower level ones. This threat is varied and adaptable. It ranges from high volume, opportunistic attacks where technical expertise is bought, not learned, to highly sophisticated and persistent threats involving bespoke malware designed to compromise specific targets. No organisation can fully mitigate against the cyber threat. However, there are many opportunities that can dramatically reduce the potential impact of an attack by adopting the guidance and advice offered within existing initiatives.

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  • 12 Mar 2017 6:01 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The SOCTA 2017 is a forward-looking document that both describes and anticipates emerging threats from serious and organised crime. In this edition of the SOCTA, we highlight the role of technology in particular. Criminals have always been adept at exploiting technology. Europol recommends focussing on three cross-cutting crime threats with a significant impact across the spectrum of serious and organised crime – document fraud, money laundering and the online trade in illicit goods and services.

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  • 09 Mar 2017 10:14 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    This brief reports on a research initiative on confidential source and whistleblower protection led by researchers at the Information Law and Policy Centre at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. It includes the findings of discussions with a specialist group of 25 investigative journalists, representatives from relevant NGOs and media organisations, media lawyers and specialist researchers in September 2016.

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  • 08 Mar 2017 9:49 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    This cyber security toolkit has been developed by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) to help retailers of all sizes, prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from major cyber-attacks and other forms of online criminal activity. It has been designed to introduce the issues in clear English, and provide practical, step-by-step guidance for retailers on how to set about handling sophisticated cyber-attacks such as data breaches, and how to report and address common issues such as fraudulent scams.

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  • 07 Mar 2017 10:35 AM | Sylvia Jones

    This discussion paper looks at the implications of big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning for data protection, and explains the ICO’s views on these. While data protection can be challenging in a big data context, the benefits will not be achieved at the expense of data privacy rights; and meeting data protection requirements will benefit both organisations and individuals. The paper sets out our views on the issues, but this is intended as a contribution to discussions on big data, AI and machine learning and not as a guidance document or a code of practice.

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  • 27 Feb 2017 3:32 PM | Sylvia Jones

    Analysis suggests that organisations of all shapes and sizes and in all sectors are vulnerable to attacks. Clearly fraudsters are not going to stop looking for new and evolving ways to scam institutions and their customers. Fraud is, quite rightly, viewed by many organisations as one of the biggest threats they face. The private sector has been under the biggest attack from fraudsters, with both SMEs and large enterprises losing an estimated total of £144 billion a year.

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