Thousands of pounds continue to be spent on information security by companies of all shapes and sizes in order to “keep the bad guys out,” but with data leaks on the increase, it is clear that companies also face internal risks as well. Regardless of the source of the breach – individuals with a grudge, organised crime or hackers impersonating the ID of an employee with malicious intent – the risk is just as great from an accidental breach. Related Posts:37 percent of UK workers reply to business emails in bedIntegralis expands security operations centreSpam email causes IT security breaches in 40% of UK businesses [Infographic]New Review Highlights Time and Cost Savings By Simplifying IT Security OperationsNew unified data protection[…]

The rise of smartphones has fueled an increase in the amount of unpaid overtime worked by British workers, according to research carried out on behalf of mobile security software vendor, Good Technology. The survey of 1000 UK workers found that on average the time they spend checking emails and answering calls outside of office hours amounts to over three weeks of overtime per year. Increasingly, workers view this practice as essential to being able to perform their jobs, with 38 percent of respondents claiming it would be impossible to do their job without mobile access to email. Just 15 percent said they carry separate work and personal devices, in indication that the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend is here[…]

IT security and risk management solution provider, Integralis, has announced an increased investment in its global Security Operations Centre, which delivers the company’s managed security services. The SOC operates centres of excellence in the UK, US and Singapore which provide round the clock support from approximately 150 engineers. Integralis says it invests heavily the development of these engineers to ensure they remain well trained and certified, capable of offering a high degree of expertise. This new investment has allowed for the creation of a ‘Service Delivery Directorate’ and will help improve service delivery through the hiring of regional relationship managers who will develop stronger technical relationships with the company’s customers. Dennis Deane, CTO and Executive Vice President Global Services at[…]

According to a survey of 201 IT decision makers in UK SMEs, nearly half of small businesses have suffered data breaches due to workers opening dangerous links or attachments in spam emails. The research was carried out by Opinion Matters on behalf of GFI Software. The survey found that 40 percent of businesses had suffered some kind of data infection due to spam email, while 4.5 percent said they didn’t know whether they had been breached or not. Unsurprisingly, three quarters of respondents believe they get too much spam, and 61 percent say the amount of spam they receive has increased over the past 12 months. 46 percent said that they only rely on their antivirus software to block spam[…]

Nebulas, the UK’s largest independent network security specialist has just launched a new, high level review service to help organisations reduce costs and improve efficiency by simplifying their IT security. Nebulas’Security Operations Review (SOR) is consultative review which looks at all aspects of a company’s security infrastructure. In addition to analysing the different technologies deployed, the review looks far more widely: at security policies, processes and procedures, how resources are used, network architecture, change management and risk mitigation strategies. The four-step review process uses remote and on-site information gathering to build a complete picture of an organisation’s security profile. From analysing the information, Nebulas’ consultants draft a detailed report which outlines ways to simplify the estate and increase operational efficiency. Based[…]

How would your business cope if you lost all of your PCs for a couple of days, or perhaps even a week? For most companies this would be nothing short of a disaster and for many organizations a less severe IT failure could have an equally catastrophic impact on the business. If you’re unlucky enough to lose a few critical systems, the damage can be just as bad as if your entire IT infrastructure had gone down. The bad news is that all over the world there are teams of clever, determined people who would like nothing better than to see your computer systems come grinding to a halt. Computer viruses are becoming more sophisticated and dangerous than ever before,[…]

Blaster Released onto the Internet in August 2003, the blaster virus exploited a flaw in Windows to spread itself across the net. The virus, also known as MS-Blast contained the hidden message “billy gates why do you make this possible? Stop making money and fix your software” and was programmed to launch a denial of service attack on Microsoft’s Windows Update web site on August 16. Initially Blaster was able to slip past most anti-virus software, making clear the need for firewalls even on home computers. Bagle First identified in mid-January 2004 the Bagle virus was a fairly standard affair, arriving as an ambiguously named email attachment it infected the machines of those foolish enough to open it and proceeded[…]

Guarding your business from online threats does not need to be expensive or difficult. There are simple steps you can take right away to significantly reduce the chances of your organisation being seriously damaged by viruses, hackers and spam. 1) Education, education, education. Make sure your staff are aware of the security threats posed by the Internet and that they understand basic safety principles such as not opening suspect attachments or giving their password to anybody except the IT administrator. 2) Form a disaster recovery plan and test it regularly. If your systems are wiped out by a serious attack, how will your business react? Make backing up your important data a part of your organisation’s daily routine. 3) If[…]

Like McAfee, Norton is a long standing anti-virus brand name which is now owned by a larger company – in this case, Symantec. The company sells corporate solutions under its own name, but uses the Norton brand for its consumer and small business offerings. Internet Security Professional 2004 is a comprehensive collection of security tools designed to run on the desktop. It offers no centralized management features such as those found in Sophos and McAfee, which means that it’s better suited to very small businesses with a maximum of around 20 PCs. The package includes Antivirus Professional, Personal Firewall, Privacy Control, AntiSpam and Productivity Control. All of these are fairly self explanatory, except perhaps the latter. You can install Productivity[…]

Oxford based Sophos is one of the world leaders in security software and has recently launched Small Business Suite which comprises specially tailored versions of the company’s anti-virus scanner and PureMessage anti-spam software. It is worth noting that the product will not install on older versions of Windows such as 95 or 98, you need 2000 or above. In any case, security conscious organisations would do well to eliminate Windows 95/98 installations from their networks since these systems cannot be considered secure enough for the modern business environment. The anti-virus module sits on your company’s desktop machines. A plain English manual is supplied which explains in step by step terms how you can remotely install the software on systems across[…]