While the 2020 Computing Security Awards could not be staged ‘live’, the event was still a resounding success – and already we are looking forward to the 2021 event, with competition for the top prizes likely to prove as fierce as ever.

As the countdown to the next awards begins, you can look back to see who won what last time around - and soak up the atmosphere of what was, despite everything, a truly gala occasion. We expect the level of anticipation in the build-up will be no less exhilarating this time around.

Check out all of the victors and runners-up by clicking here

Industry View | March 2021
A Security Operations Centre (SOC) has become one of the vital components of a well-rounded cyber security programme
Great American cyber recovery in peril
Industry Focus | March 2021
There hasn't been much good news in cybersecurity lately, states Ian Thornton-Trump, CISO, Cyjax. His take on recent events reinforces that to a worrying degree
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Dark days in battle against cybercrime
| March 2021
The highjacking of a US fuel pipeline by cyber-criminal gang DarkSide is a harbinger of deeply worrying times ahead
IT asset upgrade could prove big opportunity
Special Focus | March 2021
Robert Allen, Kingston Technology Europe, looks at the fresh challenges hybrid working will bring and how these can be met
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You don't have to see the future to be more secure
Masterclass | March 2021
When maximising your security improvement efforts, look at the here and now, rather than what may lie ahead, advises Paul Harris, CEO, Pentest Ltd

Welcome to the June 2021 issue of your Computing Security Newsletter.

Research by Egress has revealed that an overwhelming 90% of security leaders are concerned about group legal settlements following a serious data breach, compared to 85% who are worried about regulatory fines.

Launched to commemorate three years of GDPR, the research also found that almost half (47%) of consumers would likely join a class-action lawsuit against an organisation that had leaked their data, proving security leaders’ fears to be accurate.

In response, 91% of security leaders are turning to cyber insurance to protect themselves from financial exposure by either taking out new policies or increasing their cover because of GDPR.

The survey, independently conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Egress, also found that 67% of UK consumers are aware that they have the right to take legal action against an organisation that suffers a breach that exposes their personal data.

If there aren’t enough reasons already for organisations to shore up their defences against cyber attacks, here is one more - with a potentially huge financial sting in the tail, should organisations be judged to have failed in fulfilling their legal obligations. Time for a hard rethink.

With best wishes...

Brian Wall, Editor
Computing Security

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