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The Internet's Light And Dark Sides

While the internet can be a positive force for good, it is also a haven for the very bad - and it doesn't get much worse than cybercrime. What is being done to protect UK businesses? Are the cybercriminals getting the upper-hand in a one-way battle? Brian Wall finds out

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Taking Phishing Off The Menu

Halon security's DMARC prevents attacks from spammers targeting spoof weaknesses.

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Tackling the fraudsters

Computing Security talks to IBM's Shaun Hipgrave about the implications of fraud and what can be done to counteract it

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Fancy facing a £100 million fine?

The European Parliament has voted for an overhaul to existing data protection laws, with companies in breach of the regulations facing heavy penalties of up to £100 million.

Smartphones still unprotected

As much as 80% of smartphones remain unprotected against malware in 2013, according to high-tech analysts Juniper Research.

£66 Billion per year - the cost of mobile security

Mobile security is costing UK SMEs over £66 billion per year – an average of £13,823 per company - it is claimed

Becrypt Solution makes the grade

Becrypt's DISK Protect data encryption solution has successfully completed an augmented grade evaluation

Convicted hackers could be UK's best protectors

The news that the UK Cyber Defence Unit is considering hiring convicted hackers has caused uproar in some quarters .

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2014: Into The Unknown

We need to keep evolving ways in which to authenticate our trusted users, if we are to stay ahead of the game, says Tim Ager .

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Data loss threats on Macs

Roman Foeckl, CEO of CoSoSys, looks at how Macs became part of company networks and how to deal with the challenges this can bring.

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Celestix Networks' HOTPin v3.7

The exponential growth of mobile workforces is making businesses rethink their security strategy for remote access, as simple usernames and passwords are not enough .

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SolarWinds Log & Event Manager

Despite the wide choice of SIEM (security information and event management) solutions, their high prices put most of them beyond the reach of SMEs.

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GFI LanGuard 2014

Focusing on endpoint vulnerability assessment, patch management and auditing, LanGuard has been a stalwart member of GFI's security suite for many years. .

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Computing Security Awards 2013

The recent 2013 Computing Security Awards at the Hotel Russell in London were a huge success, as people from right across the industry gathered to hear who had triumphed – and carried off the much coveted winners’ accolades. Here we profile some of this year's winners

Anti Spam Solution of the Year

WINNER: Kaspersky Lab - Endpoint Security for Business .

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Anti Malware Solution of the Year

WINNER: Cloudmark - Server Edition .

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White papers

Password Protected: A Survey On Two-Factor Authentication

The background to eliminating insecure passwords

Cloud-Based Services: Easing The I.T Burden While Taking Control

The potential benefits of employing cloud-based services, either in place of existing IT resources or alongside them, are undoubtedly significant, as this white paper from GFI Cloud makes clear.


It was what many people working in London’s financial and banking sectors feared might happen one day: a brutal and sustained attack on their businesses that would leave them in tatters. But these would not be masked gunmen with sawn-off shotguns storming their buildings. This was something far more insidious and damaging… a cyber attack.

It’s a scenario that anticipates what many feel is coming our way on a massive scale one day, even if, on this occasion, is was nothing more than a ‘war gaming’ simulation that supposed a hostile state was aiming to bring some of our most vital institutions to a standstill.

Representatives from banks and other financial institutions joined forces with government officials to assess how they would cope with a series of assaults on their computer systems. The exercise, ‘Waking Shark II’, came in the wake of a similar large-scale simulation in New York this year, under the soubriquet ‘Quantum Dawn 2’.

This year’s exercise focused on wholesale markets and came as anxieties increased over how secure our major financial centres really are against an all-out cyber assault. For those who may have missed it, the UK’s first ‘Waking Shark’ exercise was two and a half years ago, and involved 100-plus representatives from 33 institutions. It simulated an attack at the height of the 2012 London Olympic Games. .

How we would cope with such an event, if/when it happens, remains the great unknown, of course, although a recent survey by the Bank of England ranked the risks stemming from cybercrime as more serious than the euro crisis. As we claw our way back into a slow economic recovery, the prospect of a real attack is not a happy one to contemplate.

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Brian Wall, Editor
Computing Security

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