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Is Cyber Essentials a good way to start with cyber security for SMBs?

Cyber Essentials, a government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations to protect themselves against common cyber-attacks was launched in June 2014. It is a set of basic technical controls for organisations to use, but whether these are suitable for all businesses is a subject of debate. At Computing‘s Enterprise Security Risk Management Summit in London today, several senior IT experts debated ... Read More »

‘Weakening security to advance security doesn’t make sense’ Tech industry body warns on encryption backdoors

A leading technology group which represents Apple, Google, Microsoft and other big players in the industry has spoken out against calls to weaken encryption in the name of national security. The comments from Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) come after politicians and law enforcement representatives have called for technology firms to give them backdoor keys which will allow them to ... Read More »

Councils to be increasingly targeted by ransomware threats

Councils are going to be increasingly targeted by ransomware threats, according to a report by cyber security firm McAfee Labs. The firm said, in its 2016 Threats Predictions report, that ransomware attacks, which are already prominent in a number of industries, are likely to grow next year. “The groups behind most current ransomware campaigns are going for ‘fast cash’, by ... Read More »

‘A government right to hack and a risk to British business’

The proposed Investigatory Powers Bill risks putting British technology companies at a financial disadvantage because customers won’t want to use products the government has the right to hack into. There are also concerns surrounding the cost of internet providers storing extra data. That’s according to a panel of representatives from the UK IT industry who presented evidence on issues surrounding ... Read More »

Large IT vendors collaborating with SMEs is ‘vital’ for innovation, says Fujitsu chief

Large IT companies need to collaborate with small and medium-sized technology providers in order to truly drive innovation in the sector. That’s according to Michael Keegan, chairman of the UK Ireland region for Fujitsu, who made the comments at a TechUK event to mark the launch of a report that called for more help for SMEs using the govenment’s G-Cloud ... Read More »

HMRC offering a whopping £162,500 salary for a cloud transformation director

HM Revenue Customs (HMRC) is on the hunt for a cloud transformation director – and is willing to pay up to £162,500 for the right person. The government department said in a job advert that it had a “vision” for the provision of online, real-time services to be accessible from any device, any time using the latest cloud technology. To ... Read More »

China tells US to stop ‘groundless accusations’ that it’s hacking American targets

China has called for the US to stop making “groundless accusations” about the country’s supposed involvement in cyber espionage and hacking. US officials regularly point the finger at China when data breaches occur. For example, director of national intelligence James Clapper accused the Chinese of being responsible for the hack at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), an incident that ... Read More »

Government ministers’ emails were ‘hacked by jihadists’ but ‘no security breaches occurred’

Security services and crime gangs target security specialists, claims Kaspersky researcher Read More »

Russian government behind seven-year cyber-espionage campaign by ‘Dukes’ hacking group, claims F-Secure

A well-resourced Russian hacking group called “Dukes” has spent nearly a decade conducting cyber-espionage attacks against Western governments on behalf of the Kremlin, Finnish security company F-Secure has claimed. The accusation against the Russian government comes after a previous report suggested that Kremlin-backed hackers breached networks of US government and defence industry computer systems. F-Secure outlined its allegations in a ... Read More »

Experiences in hybrid cloud at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Delegates reveal their key take-aways from Computing’s Data Centre Summit 2015 Read More »

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