Kaseya and REvil: two sides of the supply-chain risk story

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The ransomware problem has escalated at a steady pace over the last few years, with that upward slope punctuated by a few larger spikes as major incidents hit the headlines.

July’s Kaseya incident looks likely to be one of the biggest of those spikes, with at least 1000 and, by some reports, as many as 2000 small and medium businesses and organizations impacted. The subsequent disappearance of the perpetrators, the REvil ransomware-as-a-service group, from their various online locations is likely only ...

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Hafnium and SolarWinds shake up attitudes to supply chain risk management

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Who do you trust?

That’s the big question facing companies around the world in recent months. In the wake of a wave of epic vulnerabilities, and equally massive compromises, affecting businesses and government institutions across the US and pretty much everywhere else, the reliability of our suppliers and providers has come into sharp focus.

Everyone wants to avoid the all-too-common inefficiency of “reinventing the wheel”, building things in-house rather than buying them in. Even the ...

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Takeaways from the British Mensa Security Drama

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Sometimes, you hear of security issues that baffle the mind. Worse they could have been easily avoided, and also handled much better in the security incident aftermath.

February saw a security issue that fits nicely into this camp, and it continues to rage on this week. Ironically, it involves one of the branches of an international organization most of us would consider full of smarts: Mensa. 

The British branch of Mensa, the society for people in the UK with high ...

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Remember Online Scams Target Businesses Too

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It’s online scam a go-go out there. It seems that no one is safe. Not the widower looking for love; not the person looking for information on covid, not the home user who accidentally visits an infected site, not the worker bee who clicks on a dodgy email link. 

Today’s focus seems to be personal scams – those targeting the individual – but that doesn’t mean that the bad guys have taken their eye off the corporate ...

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Information Security Policies: Knowing Who and How to Trust

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After reading my previous post, you may think that greedy/evil/incompetent co-workers are a few steps away from causing data-breach related havoc. And that feeling in the pit of your stomach is the realisation that it might be your own actions (or indeed lack thereof) may have played a part.

When it comes to insider threat, we have to acknowledge that we all sit somewhere along the spectrum. Not only that, but the more senior we are and ...

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Making Vendor Risk Management Part of Your Security Strategy

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When we think of Vendor Risk Management (VRM), there’s usually a policy or a procedure, possibly even a process to follow – and for good reason. The consistent approach that effective VRM gives you should lead to lower financial and strategic risks, increased admin efficiencies, reduced costs and quicker onboarding of suppliers.

A painful lessons this year has taught businesses is that they are only as resilient as the vendors they rely on. A promise is only ...

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Examining the How of NIST Privacy

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Last time I discussed why you should consider using the NIST Privacy framework as both a foundation and methodology for managing data protection and privacy risk management

In this article, I’d like to explain how it works in practice.

Here we bring together facts and information from disparate and sometimes rather technical documents. When I began my research into the NIST Privacy framework, I saw it described as both “

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NIST Privacy Framework – Your Foundation for Future Privacy Compliance

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In preparing to write an article about the NIST Privacy Framework I asked some friends who work in infosec and data protection for their thoughts. With few exceptions the conversation went:

“Oh, you mean the NIST CyberSecurity Framework.”

“No, the Privacy Framework”, I’d reply.

“I’m pretty sure it’s Cybersecurity.”

“I’ll send you a link.”

It’s not surprising that it’s gone under the ...

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Virgin Media and Not-Quite-Best-Practice Incident Reporting

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Virgin Media, a UK telephone, cable TV and internet services provider released a statement two weeks ago admitting that they had exposed certain personal data of up to 900,000 people.

The short story is that they admitted it, they apologized, they informed both the affected people and the relevant authorities, and they set up a help and advice page for customers.

Great stuff, except…

While ...

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Coronavirus And The Sudden Remote Worker Cybersecurity Problem – 5 Things to Consider

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While the Covid-19 situation is changing rapidly, companies need to prepare for any eventuality. For IT departments, this means that, at any moment, any number of staff might be required to stay at home for a period of quarantine or self-isolation at very short notice. 

Where appropriate, companies ought to consider how they can keep their employees productive if they can’t come into work for a few weeks. 

In many cases, a remote working setup might ...

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