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Securing dispersed networks in the era of hybrid work
Security update | July 2021
Rodney Joffe at Neustar examines how our new era of work is highlighting the need to strengthen network security
IT is the new VIP
Opinion | July 2021
Andrea Babbs at VIPRE Security UK and Ireland explains why IT teams must have a bigger seat, and budget, at the boardroom table
Feature | July 2021
Amy Hood at DrayTek explores how SD-WAN can enable digital transformation with SaaS/Cloud

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News | July 2021
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Bugcrowd Awarded U.S. Patents for Crowd-Enabled Vulnerability Detection
News | July 2021
Patents awarded for proprietary systems and methods that identigy vulnerabilities in IT assets using a crowdsourcing approach
GDPR three years on: What do businesses really know
News | July 2021
A new study reveals the UK's knowledge of GDPR regulations, or lack thereof
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust invests £5m to upgrade IT infrastructure
News | July 2021
The trust has updated its end-user computing (EUC) environment using IGEL

The uptake of IoT for county councils
Opinion | July 2021
How IoT deployments can be rapidly rolled out and scaled to not just overcome local authority challenges, but exceed them
The value of SSL certificates for online businesses
Opinion | July 2021
SSL certificates should play a key role in any online security strategy, according to Ben Haskey at lcn.com
It has to be NAS
Technology Focus | July 2021
Ben Pearce at GB Labs argues that the future of shared storage is NAS, not SAN

Awards | July 2021
The results of the 2020 Network Computing Awards were announced in October. Here we profile the winners:
Awards | July 2021
Winner: ThousandEyes — Internet Insights
Runner up: Allied Telesis — AMF Cloud
Awards | July 2021
Winner: Silver Peak
Runner up: IBM

The dreaded return to commuting after working from home has taken a new twist for Northern Rail passengers in the past week. The government-run operator has been targeted by a ransomware attack on its new self-service touchscreen ticketing machines, just two months after 621 of them were installed at a cost of £17m. At the time of writing the situation is yet to be resolved and the system is still offline, and given that Northern Rail is government-run it seems incredibly unlikely that any sort of ransom will be paid.

Commenting on the news, Andy Norton, European cyber risk officer at Armis said "Given how recent the installation was, it would appear some basic security mechanisms are missing from the recent deployment. The ticketing system is likely Android based, and there is a small number of ransomware families that specifically target Android devices. Rail networks are considered critical infrastructure under the NIS legislation and so, a risk assessment of the new Ticketing system should have been undertaken and his risk assessment should have included the risk of Cyber attack with mitigating controls."

For Kelvin Murray, Senior Threat Research Analyst at Webroot, the transport sector is an increasingly tempting and vulnerable target for such attacks: "Even a few hours of disruption to a transport hub can cause millions of pounds of losses, and the knock-on effect to commuters, commerce, and business can be huge. Touchscreens have become a part of our lives, from train stations to fast food venues, and while they definitely can make life easier, any business should have redundancy plans for outages such as these." For now at least it seems like ‘thieves on the line’ might have to be added to the lexicon of railway disruption.

Ending on a more positive note there’s still time to nominate your finalists for the 2021 Network Computing Awards. Nominations close on August 4th however so please visit the awards website before then to make yours.

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