Internet of Things issues

Professional Security Magazine –

In the Internet of Things (IoT), potentially billions of devices will be connected using machine-to-machine technology enabled by the internet, writes Colin Tankard, Managing Director, Digital Pathways.

This will encompass a wide variety and volume of interconnected ‘things’, including smart buildings and cities, physical security controls, cars, planes, medical equipment and devices, consumer devices and industrial control systems.

According to a recent survey by the SANS Institute covering organisations of all sizes, 66% of respondents are either currently involved in, or are planning to, implement IoT applications involving consumer devices, such as smartphones, and smartwatches and other wearables. Smart building systems are increasingly being implemented as operations management systems get connected to networks.

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Time to start practising some Internet common sense.

Business Maters Magazine

There is no doubt the Internet has transformed our lives and will continue to do so. For many of us it’s hard to remember how we did business before the web changed everything.

Some of us even used to write letters and make phone calls – remember those! Meanwhile an entire generation has grown up knowing no other way of doing business.

Yet perhaps we have become too relaxed. While we gain from the convenience and new business opportunities the Internet has given us, another group has benefitted also: cyber-criminals.

Cyber crime has reached unprecedented levels across the world. High profile hacks of companies like US retailer Target and Sony Pictures has demonstrated the resources and sophistication of organised gangs and the impact they can have on the long-term stability of even the biggest organisations. Read the full article here

How Secure is Your Building

Network Security Magazine

Buildings today often incorporate the use of a building automation system, which provides automated centralised control of systems such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting. Buildings that employ such systems are often referred to as smart buildings. According to AutomatedBuildings, a smartbuilding is defined as one that incorporates “the use of networked technology, embedded within architecture to monitor and control elements of the architecture for exchange of information between users, systems and buildings.” read the full article here


How will new internet surveillance measures affect business in France?

ZDNet article By Frances Marcellin
A shared digital space requires trust, so why has the French government introduced stricter online surveillance laws and how will it affect business users of online technologies such as the Cloud?
Since the tragic attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s editorial team in Paris on 7 January 2015, the French government has been seeking greater support from technology firms to improve online surveillance. During his speech in the wake of the attacks, Manuel Valls declared that France was “at war with terrorism” and stated that “strengthening measures” would soon be introduced that “relate to the internet and social networks”. Read the full article here

Does the cloud offer an operational advantage to small businesses?

Business Matters Magazine

The cloud is everywhere, changing the way we live. Increasingly the television and movies we watch are delivered from cloud based applications like Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Sky’s Now TV service. Many of us listen to music streamed from the cloud on our mobile.

Web based services like Google Docs and Microsoft Office 365 deliver office applications that once resided on PCs, along with automatic backup and storage of documents. They also offer very useful sharing capabilities for collaborative working. For very small businesses the low cost and simplicity on offer are highly attractive. Read the full article here

Vormetric release Insider Threat survey

Our Partner, Vormetric, have just released the results of their survey on how companies feel about the Insider Threat. They interviewed 818 leading companies around the world and their finds make very interesting reading.

What is common is every company sees a major threat from within the organisation, whether that be from employees, contractors or partners. One aspect which was highlighted is the issue of system administrators and their abuse of privileges.

See the full presentation: Inside Threat Survey 2015 web version.

Business Today on our Top Tips

Top tips for businesses to battle cyber attacks in 2015.

In 2014 there was a significant increase in reported cyber hacks and related financial losses either due to prosecution, loss of reputation and even job loss due to non reaction to an event.

According to Colin Tankard, managing director at data security specialists Digital Pathways, 2015 will undoubtedly see a further escalation of cyber attacks.

Tankard talked to Business Today about some of the biggest cyber changes predicted for 2015 and provided top tips to help businesses of all sizes tackle the digital challenges in the upcoming year. Read the full article

Logistics Business IT on our Dark Web comments

The news today that the Tech Industry is working with law enforcement agencies under the new Government initiative to crack down on illegal and inappropriate activity on the ‘dark side’ of the web is to be welcomed according to Colin Tankard, Managing Director, Digital Pathways.

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Info Security Magazine publish our opinion on Tor

A journalist seeking to expose corruption or criminal activity uses Tor to protect their sources and to ensure they are not being monitored. The refugee or activist turns to the dark web to fight against oppression and tyranny, knowing they have a degree of protection from their oppressors.

But so does the drug dealer, the people trafficker, the pedophile, the money launderer and the terrorist seeking to hide their activities. And it seems there isn’t much we can do about it.

An encrypted and closed network like Tor has become a challenging conundrum. Set up with good intentions, it has become a haven for those criminals, hackers and terrorists.

Yet any talk of regulating Tor and the dark web undermines two of the founding principles of the World Wide Web: freedom and privacy. Granted those principles seem far removed from the highly commercial web that has evolved, but they still exist and they remain important.

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Info Security Magazine pick up our call for data classification

All organisations can take a leaf out of the Government’s book and use data classification to safeguard information, says Colin Tankard, MD of Digital Pathways

All organisations handle sensitive and confidential information, providing them with a competitive advantage. The need to secure that information is more pressing than ever, given the growing sophistication of criminals for whom such data is a goldmine and increasingly prescriptive mandates demanding high levels of information protection.

Governments have long demanded that the information held by their agencies be adequately protected and many have laws in place that restrict access to only those individuals with proper authorisation. In some countries, such as the US, data is classified into three levels – top secret, secret and confidential – along with a fourth category, “for official use only.” In the UK, the classification system, known as the “protective marking” system, has long been divided into six classifications.

Tankard goes on to say ‘Information is a premium for any organization and keeping sensitive information secure and adequately protected is a must. Wise organisations will implement a strategy of using protective marking now to reduce the risk that they will become the next data breach headline.’ Read the full article here