Category Archives: News

Workforce cyber-awareness training mostly ineffective

By | 18th November 2016

In a US study by Experian and Ponemon Institute earlier this year, 55% of the polled companies experienced a security incident due to a malicious or negligent employee despite already having a a data protection and privacy training program in place. 60% of respondents believed that their employees were not knowledgeable or had no knowledge… Read More »

Security breaches in UK businesses increased by 81% in 2015

By | 5th April 2016

According to a survey commissioned by the HM Government and produced by the international consultancy PwC, 90% of large organisations and 74% of small businesses experienced a security breach in 2015. The 2014 figures were 81% and 60% respectively, which for the small businesses represents an increase of 23%. What is even more concerning, is… Read More »

Lack of employee cyber security awareness puts UK firms at risk

By | 8th March 2016

According to the latest research by Axelos, published in the SC Magazine, UK firms are putting themselves under significant risk of cyber breaches due to the lack of cyber security awareness in their employees. Up to 50% of severe breaches are thought to be down to human error, which could be avoided with better training… Read More »

Official: the “worst” passwords of 2015

By | 20th February 2016

The internet security firm SplashData publishes an annual list of the top 25 “worst” passwords among the prevalently North American and West European users. For the year 2015, the list is topped by: “123456”, “password” and “12345678”. Anyone who continues to use a password that is on SplashData’s list published by TeamsID.com is simply asking… Read More »

HM Revenue and Customs cyber security warning – and the phishing email I received just days later

By | 31st January 2016

HM Revenue and Customs are warning of the increased risk of phishing attacks at the time of the annual peak Self Assessment activity heading for the deadline of 31st January. Typically, you will receive an email purporting to be from HMRC urging you to either request a payment of a tax refund,  or to pay… Read More »

The threat of “whaling” – SMEs beware

By | 8th January 2016

Whaling is a type of phishing – an attempt to trick a person to disclose valuable information, usually login details, by way of spoofing an email or a website or by social engineering. Phishing becomes whaling, when targeting high value individuals, such as business managers, company directors or financial controllers. The goal is to either… Read More »