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8 IT initiatives to include in your plans this spring

Posted: 25 April 2018

The new year has come and gone. Now that your company’s budget is on track, it’s time to start cleaning house (or your network) with IT initiatives that will protect your business from a malware attack and organize your data.

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4 NIS Directive Services VARs can provide to their Customers

Posted: 19 April 2018

With the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) getting all the headlines in the past two years, it is hard to garner any attention on anything else. Yet for good reason, the GDPR is widely focused and will for some challenge the way they take their offering to market. However, there have been developments, both legislative and not, in the past two years which can present opportunities for VARs (Value-Added Resellers) and solution providers alike.

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3 Emerging Innovations in Technology that Will Impact Cyber Security

Posted: 11 April 2018

The war between security experts charged with the responsibility of protecting information and cyber-criminals who threaten to compromise the integrity of data for different entities has become a cat and mouse game.

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5 GDPR Things to Consider for your MSSP Offering

Posted: 05 April 2018

Like many an industry trend before, MSSP (Managed Security Service Provider) appears to be trending among IT teams and security practitioners alike; embracing the cloud and hosting technologies to relieve the burden of ownership and maintenance, retain security practices and benefit from subscription models of service.

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Secure your accounts with a passphrase, not a password

Posted: 28 March 2018

Unfortunately, insecure passwords are not a thing of the past. As companies continue to grow, employees will use more and more applications that require a passcode. It’s time you enforce a new strategy to improve the security of your network.

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5 Last Minute Steps to GDPR Readiness

Posted: 21 March 2018

With less than 100 days to go until the enforcement of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the relevance of this blog post on a short time span, a certain level of panic may begin to consume those who have only just started to take this subject seriously.

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IT Can Be a Creepy Clown: Five Things That Keep Me Up At Night

Posted: 14 March 2018

If you are a security professional like me, you probably wind up speaking passionately about an attack vector, a cyber-incident or trends in information security from time-to-time. As such, you probably get approached to opine on a summary of what frightens you the most, and how to drive to sum navigable preventative steps.

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GDPR: Seek re-consent or burn your contacts database, really?

Posted: 07 March 2018

So, you've been told that you need to destroy your prized contacts database unless you can prove that you have consent to process the personal data of those that you store. Maybe you can send out communication asking those contacts to re-consent... but how many would? And what about the problems which Honda incurred by doing this?

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Lead Acquisition at Events, GDPR Style

Posted: 28 February 2018

I am certain that there is likely to be nobody reading this blog who has never been to a trade fair or industry event. Huge gatherings of like-minded individuals, peers or even just the curious jostle past one another, between extravagant stands paid for vendors promoting their wares.

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5 Things to Know About the EU's Upcoming ePrivacy Regulation

Posted: 27 February 2018

With May 2018 within touching distance, you may think it will soon be all over. The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is taking its toll and fatigue around the topic has undoubtedly begun to set in. Yet, it is only just the beginning, as one door closes another door opens, to make way for the European Union’s ePrivacy regulation.

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Don't let Cyberloafing Crush Productivity

Posted: 21 February 2018

What do you call it when users get online for some reason, find themselves on a part of the Internet that is not, strictly speaking, work related, and then find that an hour or more of productive time has been lost to the ether? Well, maybe what you call it is more accurate, but the worksafe word is “cyberloafing,” and it’s costing your business big money.

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What to do when you receive a "Withdrawal of Consent" under the GDPR

Posted: 14 February 2018

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a complex beast, of which there seems to be an endless supply of regurgitated information online, in print and at various events. What is lacking however is practical information on how to handle its requirements operationally.

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WPA3: Is it just filling in the KRACK’s or do we finally have the wireless security we need?

Posted: 07 February 2018

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) the Wi-Fi alliance announced WPA3; a new security certification which promises to address the weaknesses of WPA2 and adds a range of much needed enhancements to wireless security.

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An Introduction to Operational Technology and it's Security: 5 Key Facts

Posted: 31 January 2018

The industrial revolution of the 18th century was famously invoked by a step up in technology. Industries which had traditionally relied on work by hand started to embrace a new future of machine use to dramatically enhance output levels, efficiency and financial return.

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What GDPR lessons can we learn from the Uber data breach?

Posted: 24 January 2018

Uber, the world's most famous disruptor of the taxi industry has never been short of controversy. Whether it be accusations of poor employment practices, sexual harassment at HQ or their never ending legal duels with various city councils, the workload for Uber’s public relations department is certainly colourful to say the least.

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Meltdown and Spectre: The Holy Grail of Vulnerabilities

Posted: 17 January 2018

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, yet another vulnerability has been discovered, but this time embedded into physical hardware. The threat is so severe that if used correctly, a simple action like running a computer program could allow someone to steal sensitive information such as passwords and credit card details. And guess what? Not a single piece of IT security software will save us. But hey, there is a patch for it...

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December 2017: The Month in Ransomware

Posted: 10 January 2018

Ransomware activity was on a fairly high level till mid-December but slowed down by the end of the month, perhaps due to threat actors’ holiday spree. Some of the newsmaking events included the onset of the first-ever blackmail virus targeting network-attached storage devices, the breach of California’s voter database, and arrests of CTB-Locker and Cerber distributors in Romania.

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Everything You Need to Know About CCTV and the GDPR

Posted: 08 January 2018

'The devil is in the detail' is a phrase which comes to mind when speaking about the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The obvious topics surrounding the application of the regulation's articles have been extensively discussed, leaving behind those tricky and often overlooked details.

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Do you know what "The Right to Forget" in GDPR terms really means?

Posted: 03 January 2018

Wherever there exists a conversation about the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), you can guarantee a handful of infamous topics are covered. The scaremonger worthy administrative penalties, the notion of consent being the lawfulness to rule all others and the Lord Lucan of rights, the right to forgotten.

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The 2018 Cyberthreat Landscape - Predictions & Trends

Posted: 20 December 2017

As in recent years, 2017 has been marked by an increasing number of cyberattacks, and indications point to another tumultuous year as we head into 2018. In this blog post, we hear from Lastline's co-founder and CTO Giovanni Vigna on what he predicts to be the cybertrends of next year:

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Cybercrime Laws: What Internet Fraud Victims Need to Know

Posted: 06 December 2017

As the Internet continues to be an important part of our lives, it also becomes a more dangerous avenue for cybercrime. The risk increases as the massive online community’s use of the Internet becomes more rampant. And despite the public being aware of cybersecurity issues, anonymous online criminals are able find more victims and creative ways to commit Internet fraud with the use of Internet services or software programs with web access.

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5 Ways the GDPR will Affect VAR Sales People

Posted: 22 November 2017

Much like the fable of the Emperor's New Clothes, there is much talk of the GDPR but little with any real substance. You have no doubt been told of the potential fines and heard of the right to be forgotten but how does the GDPR actually affect the IT security channel operationally? Rather than walking into 2018 wearing nothing, like the ill-fated Emperor in the tale. We interviewed Infinigate UK Sales Manager, Mike Tye, for his opinion on the operational challenges which he expects value-added resellers to witness as a result of the GDPR.

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Everything you need to know about DDoS attacks

Posted: 15 November 2017

Since the first Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack was launched in 1974, Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks have remained among the most persistent and damaging cyber-attacks. Let’s examine how these attacks have evolved and how your company can mitigate them:

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Will purchasing contact data lists become illegal under GDPR?

Posted: 08 November 2017

In the pursuit of writing about the practical application of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) rather than reciting the contents of the freely available regulation document, I am writing this blog to answer a commonly asked question regarding the purchasing of marketing contact lists post May 2018.

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How will GDPR affect how we use LinkedIn?

Posted: 01 November 2017

If you haven’t heard of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), quite frankly I am in envy of you. Never has there been an IT security topic so heavily covered by those who wish to show they are literate and can re-write what they have read. Astronomical fines, forbidden non-consensual communication and mighty data subjects wielding new found rights have all been covered repeatedly and tirelessly.

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