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Cyber-attacks soar in wake of pandemic
Analysis | October 2021
Changes to working practices leave businesses ever more exposed
Ransomware onslaught batters more businesses
Industry Survey | October 2021
Of all the organisations hit by ransom-related distributed denial of service - RDDoS - 70% had been targeted multiple times
Finger on the button
News | October 2021
Jump in demand for biometric authentication in consumer and enterprise PCs
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Adding Multi-Factor Authentication to Windows Logon
Masterclass | October 2021
One key area of security that can often be overlooked is the authentication to the laptop or the server itself. Protecting these corporate assets is an urgent...
Assumptions - more than a roll of the dice
Special Focus | October 2021
Making assumptions can be a big mistake - yet sometimes it can pay off handsomely. Information security is one such instance of the latter, says Paul Harris...
How to disrupt the kill-chain
Security Update | October 2021
It might take only minutes for a cybercriminal to break into your network - so how do you ensure they never get that far?
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ADISA sets the Standard
Industry Focus | October 2021
ADISA Asset Recovery Standard 8.0 formally approved by UK Information Commissioner's Office
Zivver Secure Email
Product Review | October 2021
Email is responsible for the majority of data breaches - and leaks with human error are cited regularly as the main cause.

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

As reported by Digital Trends, Acer has confirmed that its servers were beached by a group of hackers called ‘Desorden’. The hackers stole more than 60 gigabytes worth of data containing sensitive information about millions of Acer’s customers. The compromised information includes the names, addresses, and phone numbers of several million clients, but also restricted corporate financial data. The attack joins the stack of breaches that shows no sign of reducing, no matter how many times organisations are asked – even entreated – to protect their sensitive and valuable data.

Says Jake Moore, cybersecurity specialist at ESET:“Compromises such as this may sound trivial among so many daily data leaks, but it will be far from trivial for Acer, who will now be fearful of the impact from the leak. This data includes very personal customer information which can benefit hackers on the look-out to collate stronger target profiles,in order to strike against potential victims.”

Moore recommends that those at risk should strengthen their accounts with the implementation of multi-factor authentication and be on guard to phishing attacks even more than normal. In whichever way businesses may react to this latest advice, it’s clear that far too many are either doing too little to stay secure or perhaps doing the wrong things and remaining at risk. A thorough review of every organisation’s defence system is the only way forward, if they are to avoid being the ‘next Acer’ – or indeed one of the many new victims that will have fallen foul of an attack by the time you read this newsletter.
With best wishes…

Brian Wall, Editor
Computing Security

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