Blackmail for a digital age ……

Ransomware is a particularly malicious form of malware that gains access to a user’s system and then proceeds to prevent them from accessing their own data. In some cases, the files on the system are encrypted so as to be irretrievable without the key and, in others, access is simply denied to the device’s owner. In both situations the hacker will demand a ransom is paid to un-encrypt the files or have access given back to the user. You could say it is traditional blackmail revolutionised for a digital age.

Ransomware is generally distributed via email, with the recipient inadvertently clicking on a malicious website link, or opening a harmful attachment.

The Danger Within……

While many security professionals and budgets are focused on threats from external actors, the insider threat looms large. According to Vormetric, 89% of organisations are at least somewhat vulnerable to insider attacks. It states that privileged users are considered to be the most dangerous, primarily owing to their access to systems and information considered to be particularly sensitive.

This is echoed by research from those Ponemon Institute, which found that almost half of respondents believe the insider threat to be growing.

The insider threat can come from those inside the organisation that have had their credentials compromised, or are negligent or malicious. Increasingly, external actors are looking to gain a foothold on the network through social engineering exploits, often stealing credentials of a victim within the target organisation.

Our Data Security Predictions for 2017

‘this year has been a year of high profile hack after high profile hack. It seems we still are to learn the lessons of the vital role of data security procedures in order to keep ourselves safe’, says Colin Tankard, Managing Director of data security company, Digital Pathways. Here, Tankard outlines his predictions for the data security world in 2017.

Are you classifying your data?

All organisations handle information that is sensitive and confidential, which provides them with a competitive advantage. The need to secure information is more pressing than ever, with increasingly prescriptive mandates that demand protection for information and, increasingly, sophisticated criminals for whom such information is a goldmine, writes Colin Tankard, pictured, Managing Director, Digital Pathways, a data management product company.

Opportunities and Threats. The downside of Faster Connectivity

Alongside more efficient network services must come increased vigilance, education, and higher levels of security systems.

The UK Chancellor’s investment plans for the country’s digital infrastructure and fibre networks set out in this week’s Autumn Statement is good news for those involved in the development of smart cities but should also come with a warning believe some members of the community.

Smart Buildings Need Joined-Up Security

Today, much discussion in the technology world revolves around the Internet of Things (IoT), where billions of things will be interconnected over IP networks. Gartner estimates that, as of 2015, smart homes and commercial buildings made up 45% of the IoT.

Smart Buildings are often run using building automation systems that are used to centrally control areas such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting and lifts.

Blackmail for a digital age

Ransomware is a particularly malicious form of malware that gains access to a user’s system and then proceeds to prevent them from accessing their own data. In some cases, the files on the system are encrypted so as to be irretrievable without the key and, in others, access is simply denied to the device’s owner. In both situations the hacker will demand a ransom is paid to un-encrypt the files or have access given back to the user. You could say it is traditional blackmail revolutionised for a digital age.

The Interconnected World

Wherever you have technology that is able to connect to a network, there is the very real risk of cyber-crime.

The emergence of the IoT and the dawning of the Interconnected Home, is set to revolutionise the way we live our lives.

Is your building a hack risk?

The word smart is often applied to devices that are enhanced through Internet connectivity, with the best-known example currently being Smartphones that have transformed the way that we communicate. Such technology is also helping to make buildings smarter.

Smart buildings incorporate the use of building automation systems that provide automated, networked control over factors that include heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting. With all these systems interconnected, building performance can be optimised; creating much greater operational efficiency.