• Google data shows high interest in security and remote working

    The technology priorities of UK businesses are centred squarely on the cyber security challenges presented by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, in particular those related to securing the millions of people around the country who are now working from home during the nationwide lockdown, which is entering its third week.

    This is according to data drawn from Google Trends global search history data by Redscan, a City of London-based provider of managed threat detection, incident response and penetration testing services, which served to highlighted the extent to which many organisations have utterly failed to prepare a business continuity plan

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  • What does the ‘new normal’ mean for how we work?

    The impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic is likely to be with us for far longer than the lockdown – and will bring many changes to our lives. That will start with the way we work. Remote working has been an option for many people for a long time, but has not naturally become the norm or ubiquitous.

    However, reports from China suggest that habits formed during its three months of lockdown are already starting to change behaviours as people return to work. So, what impact are we likely to see from Covid-19 on our use of technology in the

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  • Covid-19 apps pose threat to digital privacy on a global scale

    The majority of state-backed Covid-19 coronavirus apps are “collecting superfluous amounts of data”, according to an investigation by digital security company Surfshark.

    In reaction to the digital pandemic tracking measures that at least 19 countries have put in place, Surfshark analysed 10 apps that are live now in 10 countries around the world.

    It found that seven out of 10 apps monitor GPS location, while 60% are unclear about what they track, do not provide terms and conditions upfront, or use intrusive methods, such as surveillance camera footage, to keep tabs on users.

    At least two of the apps clearly

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  • The role of AI in the ‘war’ against epidemics and pandemics

    In the fight against epidemics, including the current Covid-19 coronavirus, medical staff are on the front line, risking their own lives to save the lives of others. But behind the lines the war is fought – or should be fought – by authorities, medical researchers, statisticians and computer scientists using an array of artificial intelligence (AI) and data science technologies.

    Preparedness

    The SARS-CoV2 or Covid-19 virus, which surpassed 500,000 confirmed cases and 23,000 deaths within three months of first detection (WHO statistics), appears to have taken most national governments by surprise – but it shouldn’t have.

    Since 2000,

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  • What we can learn from Marriott’s new data breach embarrassment

    To suffer one data breach may be regarded as a misfortune; to suffer two looks like carelessness. However, as the industry picks over the second major data breach to befall hotel chain Marriott International in under two years, there are some encouraging signs that despite how it may appear to an observer, the firm has learned some important cyber security lessons. All organisations could stand to learn from its experience.

    To establish the facts; between January and February 2020, the login credentials of two employees at a franchise hotel property were used to access the personal information – including contact

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  • Nigerian email attacks evolving into credible, dangerous threat

    Over the years, cyber criminals hailing from Nigeria have developed a reputation for amateurish and crude “419” spam emails that are easily spotted and ignored, but threat actors in the country are now deploying highly-sophisticated business email compromise (BEC) attacks, and are a live and dangerous threat to organisations around the world, according to Peter Renals of Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 threat research department.

    BEC attacks have emerged as one of the most profitable and prominent threats facing organisations – accounting for over $26bn (£20.6bn/€23.4bn) of losses globally since 2017, according to recent FBI statistics – and eclipsing estimated … Read More