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Computing Security Awards 2018

Awards and rewards!

Following weeks of nominating and voting, the eagerly-awaited results of the Computing Security Awards for 2018 were revealed at a gala ceremony in London. We bring you all of the winners and finalists...

Security Company of the Year - Computing Security Awards 2018

WINNER: Computer Disposals
RUNNER UP: Brookcourt Solutions

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New Product of the Year – Computing Security Awards 2018

WINNER: Cardwave Services - SafeToGo SOLO
RUNNER UP: Kingston Technology - Nucleum

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Editor's Focus

NHS breach – the true cost

The WannaCry attack that hit the NHS last year is estimated to have cost the health service a massive £92 million. Could such hard-nosed reckoning help in ensuring the NHS is more resilient in future?

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An IT hierarchy of needs

Charlotte Gurney, Marketing Manager, Brookcourt Solutions, opens a window on Enterprise DNS (Domain Name System) – a platform which enables a wide range of business transformation

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Tailored service - outstanding solution

A FTSE 100 luxury goods retailer, headquartered in London with a global footprint, needed the right solution to a security challenge. The right expertise was soon at hand

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Facing up to the facts

Should we be using facial recognition technology? It’s currently a hot topic in the US, where Amazon has asked for government input, while civil liberties groups in both the UK and US are fundamentally opposed to it

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Billions of records left exposed

A new global database of public data breaches reveals that 945 data breaches led to 4.5 billion data records being compromised worldwide in the first half of 2018

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Case Study

Secure and smart choice for TMX Recruit

TXM Recruit has been a FuseMail customer for many years. We took a few minutes to catch up with TXM’s Global IT Strategic Manager Brian Cook

Welcome to the December 2018 issue of the Computing Security Newsletter.

With Christmas almost upon us, and the New Year celebrations not far behind that, it’s time for some sober reflection on the plight of those who’ve been looking forward to spending the festive season on some sunny beach far from our cold shores or with family and friends overseas.

Many are now facing a miserable time, if travelling with Virgin Atlantic, whose pilots were planning to strike from 22 December to Christmas Day in a dispute over union recognition. Meanwhile, for those intending to fly into the UK from Australia for the holiday period, tens of thousands of airline passengers could be left grounded, if a planned strike goes ahead. Air New Zealand has been informed that the Aviation and Marine Engineers Association and E tu', which represent nearly 1,000 aircraft maintenance engineers and logistics staff, were walking out on December 21 over an on-going pay dispute. The airline has 10 flights scheduled out of Sydney on that day and nine from Melbourne. In all, it is reported that 42,000 people have already booked on to its flights for what is the busiest travel day of the year.

Which brings me to another concern for those who travel by air – the failings of Heathrow Airport – which has been fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office for "serious" data protection failings after an employee lost a memory stick containing more than 1,000 files that was not encrypted or password protected.

As John O’Keefe, VP EMEA of enterprise SaaS company Looker, points out: "If the data was instead stored in a more centralised and flexible data platform – meaning employees no longer need to extract data to analyse it – the risk and potential impact of a leak like this is minimal. In addition, staff can interpret data more quickly and act on it directly, accessing only the data they need to answer their immediate questions.”

Perhaps fortunately for the airport, the incident occurred before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in May. Under GDPR, it could have risked the maximum penalty of £17 million or 4% of its global revenues. Undoubtedly, such failures do need to incur the most punitive consequences, if such negligence is to be discouraged. It seems the duties of care and sound management that should underpin the functioning of many organisation today, in the face of the most severe cyber threats, simply aren’t enough.

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Brian Wall, Editor
Computing Security

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