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Achieving a secure wipe
Analysis | November 2021
Gareth Owen, managing director of Redkey USB, delves into the world of Data Wipe Standards and, where there is any doubt or confusion, advises how organisations can handle this process responsibly
How Northern Ireland is helping to build a cyber-secure future
Special Focus | November 2021
A small, nascent cluster of native businesses has been nurtured into a global centre of excellence
Security and the supply chain
Security Update | November 2021
With supply chains under extreme pressure and shortages forecast, Paul Harris, Managing Director, Pentest Limited, looks at the implications of such...
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A shape-shifting world
Feature | November 2021
Attackers use trusted cloud services and constantly change their tactics to avoid known patterns of behaviour. Can advanced threat protection still be expected...
All the latest intel
Industry View | Novembber 2021
How do you measure the success of a cyber threat intelligence program? Steven Usher, Senior Security Analyst, Brookcourt Solutions, offers his insights on...
Data impact assurance levels explained
Industry Focus | November 2021
The time has come to 'DIAL' it in, states ADISA founder Steve Mellings
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Ransomware - how can changes in regulation help against this ever-evolving threat?
Masterclass | November 2021
The upcoming Operational Resilience regulations will be taxing. But “look on their introduction as an opportunity”, says James Drake, Senior Director...
Authentication vs Insurance
Security Update | November 2021
Are you being forced into the multi-factor authentication market? Nick Evans, Partner Enablement Manager (US & Nordic Regions), SecurEnvoy, examines...
To pay or not to pay?
Feature | November 2021
Paying ransomware is a topic that greatly divides opinion. Cold logic might dictate that any demand is turned down. But what if it's a matter of life or death?

Welcome to the November 2021 issue of yourComputing Security Newsletter.

Just in case you think you've stepped into a scene from the new James Bond film, this is for real: Sir Jeremy Fleming, the director of GCHQ, is gearing up to wage a counter war against the cyber gangs who have been wreaking havoc around the globe, mostly backed up and goaded on by Russia and China, it's believed.

As the GCHQ chief flexes his muscles, he is poised to set the new National Cyber Force – a joint initiative between GCHQ, the military and MI6 - on the gangs, which have often had the finger pointed at them over the years as the source of countless state-sponsored attacks.

According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), these strikes have been relentless. In September this year alone, for example, it identified 10 significant attacks, such as Chinese state-linked hackers targeting Afghan telecom provider Roshan and stealing gigabytes of data from its corporate mail server, as well as Russia's alleged involvement in the 'Ghostwriter’ cybercampaign, which targeted the elections and political systems of several member states.

With the UK and US also frequently hit, what can Sir Jeremy offer to balance the books? The new cohort of British spies that will be unleashed could use offensive cyberhacking to bring down criminal gangs behind damaging ransomware attacks, the director of GCHQ warns. In other words, massive retaliation at the most intense level.

For those who have often wondered what would start another global war, they needn’t do so anymore. It may be being fought with a new arsenal of weapons, but it is undeniably with us.

Enjoy our latest Newsletter, and stay safe and well ...

Brian Wall, Editor
Computing Security

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