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Computing Security Awards

Already the build-up to the 2019 Computing Security Awards is underway. Those who won last year will be seeking to repeat their success, while those who were contenders will be looking to go one step further next time and carry off the laurels.

Vendors: just a reminder that all solutions that have been independently reviewed for Computing Security in the year leading up the Awards will be shortlisted for the Editor’s Choice. If you have a solution that you would like to be reviewed, please contact the Computing Security team on 01689 616000.

Here are some more of the winners from 2018:

Editor's Choice

WINNER: My1Login - Enterprise IAM
My1Login is claimed to be the UK's most secure, most widely-compatible, award-winning enterprise Identity & Access Management solution that enables organisations to mitigate password-related cyber-security risks, control user identities and help meet critical compliance obligations, such as GDPR. For more information, please visit www.my1login.com or contact norman@my1login.com.

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Anti Phishing Solution of the Year

WINNER: Rapid7 - InsightPhishing
InsightPhishing is Rapid7's phishing reporting and simulation tool that equips you to address your largest attack vector - your users. Report suspected phishing attempts with a single click, improve users' ability to identify phishing emails, and accelerate analysis with Indicators of Phishing (IoPs).

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Don't pass go!

Passwords are a never-ending headache for organisations everywhere – and a boon for hackers looking for easy access to someone's data. Samantha Humphries of Rapid7 offers her insights into this thorny topic

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Three cybersecurity tips for manufacturers

Adrian Jones, CEO of Swivel Secure, offers three essential tips for manufacturers that will help to keep their sensitive data out of grasping hands

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The quantum threat to cybersecurity

Rodney Joffe, SVP and Fellow, Neustar, and Chairman of the Neustar International Security Council (NISC), looks at how the ability to work with huge datasets at unheard-of speeds is why quantum computing has long been held as a major stepping stone for all kinds of sectors – sparking medical breakthroughs, new frontiers in chemistry and manufacturing innovations

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Cloud adoption: a blessing, not a curse, for IT security

Nigel Hawthorn, data privacy expert at McAfee, and Charlotte Gurney, marketing manager at Brookcourt Solutions, consider how cloud can be the most secure environment for business, despite increasingly sophisticated threats and growing cybercriminal interest

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Powerful alliance

CYJAX has been working closely for some time now with Oxford University and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security - and these 'Deep Dive Days' are really paying off

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Understanding Cyber Kill Chain Model to stop Advanced Persistent Threats

AltuG ASik, senior software specialist, ICTerra Information and Communication Technologies, looks at APTs and how to detect and prevent them

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Product Review

AlienVault USM Anywhere

Organisations that want their threat detection, incident response and compliance management centralised in one place need look no further than AlienVault, an AT&T company

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Welcome to the March 2019 issue of the Computing Security Newsletter.

A question: what is Ireland doing right that others are failing to achieve? To put that in context, according to latest research findings, nearly half (45%) of UK organisations have been compromised by phishing attacks in the last two years, while 54% said they had identified instances of employees replying to unsolicited emails or clicking on links contained within them.

And although organisations in the UK fell victim to phishing attacks at a similar rate to those in France (49%) and the Netherlands (44%), those in Ireland performed significantly better. Just 25% of Irish respondents said they had fallen victim to phishing in the last two years.

The research was carried out by network and endpoint security company Sophos, whose survey of 906 IT directors in Western Europe revealed that larger businesses are most likely to have been compromised by phishing attacks, despite also being most likely to conduct phishing and cyber threat awareness training.

Adam Bradley, UK managing director at Sophos, said: “Criminals are adept at using social engineering to exploit human weakness, so while well-trained employees are an excellent deterrent, even the best end user can slip up. Organisations need to ensure employees remain vigilant to the threat posed by phishing attacks and ongoing training should be part of that to spot check employees and ensure they respond correctly and continue to follow the guidelines they’ve been given.”

“Organisations should block malicious links, attachments and imposters before they reach end users’ inboxes, and use the latest cybersecurity tools to stop ransomware and other advanced threats from running on devices, even if a user clicks a malicious link or opens an infected attachment.”

Why Ireland is faring so much better isn’t explained, but digging deeper into the reasons might well be worth doing, if it can help others to improve their performance.

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Brian Wall, Editor
Computing Security

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